Experts see distrust in Washington about United States Ambassador Cain Salazar’s relationship with President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, in a compromised position because of his support for the Mexican government.
Furthermore, they observe that after the bilateral meeting of the two presidents, the US government can evaluate the results given by the diplomat. Analyst Leonardo Curzio said that in the United States he shows doubts about the impartiality of the diplomat, although on the Mexican side he remains a legitimate negotiator.
He said, “When the president comes out to defend the ambassador, when he’s questioning how to be on his side, it’s like one of those hugs you don’t like to give, ” They said.
He pointed out that Salazar’s position on issues such as power reform creates inconvenience, where he did not represent his country’s interests, but imitated Mexico’s needs.
“I think Ken Salazar is in a compromising position because in his country he sees an ambassador who has adopted the arguments of this government, then their equations on electoral issues,” he said.
A similar case, he indicated, could go back to the time of Lazaro Cárdenas, when US ambassador Josephus Daniels supported the actions of the Mexican government.
“The rest of the ambassadors had behaved the opposite, i.e. the government was being harassed,” he said.
An example of these relations, he recalled, was that former President Felipe Calderón requested the removal of Ambassador Carlos Pascual due to a conflict of interest.
For this reason, he did not rule out that after López Obrador’s meeting with his counterpart Joe Biden in Washington on July 12, the US would evaluate his potential cadres for the presidency, or that Salazar should be reduced within diplomacy. Visibility will be left with. American.
The internationalist for Tecnológico de Monterrey, Arlene Ramírez Uresti, agreed that Salazar is “between a rock and a hard place”, as he should represent the interests of America rather than Mexico. “What is most worrying is that the main issues he came up with, assigned to him by President Biden, are in the pipeline in many aspects and given the whole political agenda with complex circumstances in both cases that Biden is quite complex: migration and security,” he said.
Therefore, the expert did not rule out that the diplomat could be called upon because of the lack of progress on issues that are of priority to the United States.
“Ken Salazar is facing, perhaps, one of the greatest challenges of his diplomatic career, especially given that it is possible that there is already talk of a replacement in Washington and requested by US Foreign Service law. As per the demand for accountability,” he said. Explained.
In addition, he stressed that the meeting between the two presidents would be important to evaluate whether or not his performance as ambassadors to the United States of America.
Ramírez Uresti believed that although his predecessors had maintained a necessary working relationship, this type of approach was not observed: “I think that instead of benefiting Cain Salazar, it was a matter of public opinion and joint The state causes them great harm in the eyes of the major political circles of America”.
On Tuesday, President López Obrador came out in defense of the ambassador, who frequents the National Palace, pointing out that conservatives would like to have a “falcon” (hard-core politician in American parlance) in his place.
,[Es] A good, sensible man, a friend of President Biden, a very responsible politician from Colorado who comes from the bottom, is of Mexican descent, and also likable,” he insisted. “He was here with me to get 18 owners of American companies,” the president said.
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