May 22, 2019 / 5:22 PM / 6 months ago

Mexican president says won't fight with Trump over migration

Mexico's President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador speaks during a news conference, at the National Palace in Mexico City, Mexico, May 21, 2019. REUTERS/Henry Romero

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said on Wednesday he would not be drawn into a dispute with the United States when asked about his U.S. counterpart Donald Trump’s latest criticism that Mexico was not doing enough to stop illegal immigration.

“We are not going to have a fight,” Lopez Obrador told a regular morning news conference, reiterating his position that he would not allow friction over migration to cloud Mexico’s relations with the United States, which he said were good.

Trump said on Tuesday that Mexico was “doing virtually nothing to stop illegal immigrants from coming to our southern border” and that he would soon give a response.

Reporting by Dave Graham; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama

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