Mexican President: Media ‘Censoring’ Trump’s Concerns over Election Integrity

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador delivers his report on the first 100 days of government, at the National Palace in Mexico City on March 11, 2019. - It has been a frenetic first 100 days for Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, though his sometimes chaotic attempts to deliver …
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Mexico’s president expressed surprise at how U.S. media are working to “censor” President Donald Trump amid contested election results.

During his daily news conference, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO) doubled down on his recent decision to hold off on congratulating any candidate until all legal issues were resolved. AMLO said Trump was being silenced by media when he has tried to call out irregularities.

“In the country of freedoms, of the free press, all of a sudden they censor the president,” Lopez Obrador said. “It is not anything–this had not been seen before. The media censors. I am talking about the U.S., because in Mexico we are used to that.”

Lopez Obrador publicly stated that it would be “imprudent” to congratulate Joe Biden before all the legal issues were resolved. Those statements drew harsh criticism from pundits in Mexico, who claimed that position could hurt Mexico’s relations with a Biden administration.

Lopez Obrador claimed that he has no disputes with any of the candidates, but he wishes to be careful to not “interfere” with a premature congratulatory statement. AMLO referenced a gaffe by Mexico’s Congress and the former head of the National Bank (BANXICO) Agustin Carstens, who congratulated Hillary Clinton on “her win” during the 2016 Election.

Ildefonso Ortiz is an award-winning journalist with Breitbart Texas. He co-founded Breitbart Texas’ Cartel Chronicles project with Brandon Darby and senior Breitbart management. You can follow him on Twitter and on Facebook. He can be contacted at Iortiz@breitbart.com

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