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AMLO Defends His Record on Migrants, Growth, and Donald Trump

“We’re neighbors, and this neighborliness makes it mandatory for us to understand each other.”
Andrés Manuel López Obrador at the Palacio Nacional in Mexico City.

Andrés Manuel López Obrador at the Palacio Nacional in Mexico City.

Photographer: Brett Grundlock for Bloomberg Businessweek

Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, known as AMLO, hasn’t stopped to rest since taking office eight months ago. After meeting with his security team to assess the latest crime statistics, he speaks most weekdays at 7 a.m. from the presidential palace in Mexico City, making announcements and taking questions from the press. On weekends he flies coach to visit places such as Zongolica, Veracruz, and Tapachula, Chiapas, to meet with locals and sell his social policies, which include direct cash transfers to elderly and young people.

On July 29 he sat down with Bloomberg Editor-in-Chief John Micklethwait for his first interview as president with an international news outlet. Their conversation began with a discussion of the U.S., which López Obrador continues to view as an ally.