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Mexico’s AMLO Boasts to Biden That Fuel Is Cheaper in His Country

  • Soaring fuel prices have become political liability for Biden
  • Inflation reference comes after recent US-Mexico disagreements
US President Joe Biden speaks with Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, Mexico's president, center, during a meeting in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington on July 12. 

US President Joe Biden speaks with Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, Mexico's president, center, during a meeting in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington on July 12. 

Photographer: Chris Kleponis/Sipa/Bloomberg

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Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador bragged to President Joe Biden that gasoline is cheaper in his country than in the US, a reference to the soaring fuel prices that are hurting the Democratic Party’s chances of maintaining control of Congress.

During a White House meeting Tuesday, AMLO, as the Mexican president is known, said his government was making it easier for Americans who live close to the southern border to purchase gasoline less expensively in Mexico -- and that lots of US drivers were taking advantage of that proximity.