President Trump is once again confounding his critics and laying the groundwork for a better relationship with our southern neighbor, Mexico. In place of the impulsive recklessness Trump-haters attribute to him, he is carrying out a nuanced approach to seeking actual solutions with a new and unusual leader embarking on a six year term as President of Mexico, a political office with far more power than that of the POTUS
There were predictions of doom aplenty from the hysterical leftists and racialists who insist that Trump called all Mexicans rapists when he objected to some of the people violating our borders. This meant, in their view, that he is a racist bigot that despises Mexicans.
Incoming Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, or AMLO, is far saner, and gives every sign of being a man that can cut through the political rhetoric and deal with the realities of a complex bilateral relationship. And now he will receive visits from two of the heaviest of Trump administration foreign policy heavyweights: Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and presidential counselor/son-in-law, Jared Kushner. These are men with a history of breaking old frameworks and forging (or attempting, as with North Korea now) new frameworks. Perhaps you recall that Trump’s so-called “Muslim ban” purportedly had poisoned relationships with the Islamic world just as Jared Kushner was meeting with Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Muhammed bin Salman as he began the transformation of the Desert Kingdom into a modern nation.