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  • Donald Trump lashes out at AMLO.
  • The Republican candidate doubles down on anti-immigrant rhetoric.
  • The Mexican president asked the U.S. for money.

A new controversy arose when former U.S. President Donald Trump flatly rejected a request form Mexican President López Obrador.

While Trump doubles down on his anti-immigrant rhetoric, López Obrador advocates addressing the underlying causes of the immigration crisis.

This difference of opinion reflects the deep ideological division surrounding this issue and promises to remain a point of friction in the run up to the presidential election.

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Trump lashes out at AMLO over immigration

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Donald Trump, the Republican candidate for president, has insisted that he would not give Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador even 10 cents for immigration.

Trump made these statements during an interview with the Fox News network, reacting to comments made by López Obrador, according to EFE.

AMLO made the statements in an interview with 60 Minutes.

The Mexican president requested that the U.S. allocate $20 billion annually to develop Latin American countries so people won’t need to leave their homes.

What did Donald Trump say?

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The New York businessman rejected López Obrador’s suggestion and stated if he were in the White House, AMLO never would have dared to make that request.

“They would never say that to me,” Trump said, adding: “They would never ask it. I wouldn’t give them 10 cents.”

López Obrador has been asking the United States for years to invest billions of dollars in the development of impoverished countries in Latin America and the Caribbean.

He says this strategy will help to encourage people to stay in their homelands.

Trump’s anti-immigrant rhetoric

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Meanwhile, Trump, who had promised to build a wall on the border with Mexico when he first ran for president, has adopted even harsher anti-immigrant rhetoric at his recent campaign rallies.

He has repeatedly stated that foreigners «poison» the blood of Americans during his campaign rallies.

And he has also proposed plans ranging from mass deportations to the construction of giant centers to detain undocumented migrants.

Trump’s response to López Obrador’s proposals reflects the deep ideological division that persists in U.S.  politics when it comes to immigration.

What do other politicians say?

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AMLO’s comments not only enraged Donald Trump, but also ruffled other Republican politicians.

Speaker of the House, Republican Mike Johnson, described the Mexican president’s immigration proposal as «absurd.»

He added Mexico should be «forced» to cooperate, according to EFE. Johnson responded on social media to López Obrador’s 60 Minutes interview.

«President Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s proposal to increase border security is absurd,» stated the Republican, who stated that the United States is suffering a «humanitarian catastrophe.»

Friction between Mexico and the United States?

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According to Johnson, López Obrador is «cozying up to cartels» and is «demanding increased migration» into the U.S.

For this reason, he President Joe Biden to set aside «empty rhetoric.»

He urged Biden to follow Trump’s example.

«We should take advantage of all our influence to force the Mexican government to cooperate,» Johnson stressed.

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