Joe Biden Hosting Mexican President at the White House in July Despite Summit Snub

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador speaks during a ceremony to commemorate in Mexico City's main square the Zocalo, Aug. 13, 2021. Lopez Obrador failed to find enough votes late Sunday, April 17, 2022, to pass a constitutional reform limiting private and foreign firms in the electrical power industry. (AP …
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President Joe Biden will host Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador in July, the White House confirmed Monday, even though he snubbed an invitation to the Summit of the Americas in Los Angeles.

Obrador officially declined Biden’s invitation because the United States did not invite Cuba, Venezuela, and Nicaragua to the summit, even though he called the president a “good man.”

“I have a very good relationship with President Biden, he is a good man,” Obrador said, indicating he felt that Biden had his hands tied by Republicans and anti-communist lawmakers in Washington, DC.

“I sent a message to President Biden that I will visit him. I will go in July to visit him at the White House and I want to discuss with him the issue of the integration of all America,” he said, according to a translation of his remarks by Breitbart News.

Obrador said that even though he chose not to attend the summit, he offered Biden a hug.

“That is why no to the summit and a hug to President Biden,” he said.

WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 18: U.S. President Joe Biden (R) meets with Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (L) in the Oval Office of the White House November 18, 2021 in Washington, DC. President Lopez Obrador is in Washington to participate in the first North American Leaders’ Summit (NALS) since 2016. (Photo by Doug Mills/Pool/Getty Images)

U.S. President Joe Biden (R) meets with Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (L) in the Oval Office of the White House on November 18, 2021, in Washington, DC. (Doug Mills/Pool/Getty Images)

White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre confirmed that Biden would host Obrador in July, acknowledging that Biden had a “candid” discussion about Obrador’s decision not to attend the summit.

“President Biden and the First Lady look forward to welcoming President Obrador and the First Lady of Mexico to Washington in July for a bilateral visit,” she said.

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