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Mexican President says Trump promised 1,000 ventilators

Mexico's President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador speaks to the media during a news conference to announce a plan to strengthen the finances of state oil firm Pemex, at the National Palace in Mexico City, Mexico February 15, 2019.   | Photo Credit: Reuters

Mexico’s president said on Friday that U.S. President Donald Trump has promised Mexico will be able to buy 1,000 ventilators and other intensive-therapy equipment used in treating severe cases of COVID-19.

President Andrşs Manuel Lūpez Obrador said he spoke with Mr. Trump on Friday about Mexico’s request to purchase the machines, relatively few of which are available in Mexico.

Mr. Lūpez Obrador wrote in his Twitter account that Trump “guaranteed me that by the end of this month we would 1,000, and we can acquire more.”

Mexico currently has 6,875 confirmed coronavirus cases and 546 deaths.

Mr. Lūpez Obrador called it a “new gesture of solidarity with Mexico” and said, “I made the proposal that we could meet in June or July to personally express our appreciation.”

“I send my affection to our countrymen and the people of the United States,” Mr. Lūpez Obrador wrote, referring to the millions of Mexican migrants who live in the United States,

Such a visit would be unusual, especially if it implied the Mexican leader would travel to the United States. Mr. Lūpez Obrador has eschewed trips abroad since he took office in December 2018.

The left-leaning Mr. Lūpez Obrador has made good relations with the United States the cornerstone of his foreign policy, and the relationship between the two leaders has been surprisingly warm, considering their ideological differences.

Mr. Lūpez Obrador has also gone to great lengths to help Mr. Trump on issues like migration, for example, by stopping migrant caravans and allowing migrants who apply for asylum in the United States to wait in Mexico.


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