Canadian Prime Minister to decide today. President López Obrador said that Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will confirm today if he will attend next week’s meeting with US President Donald Trump in Washington. “Today, Canada will decide whether Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is joining us, or it will be just a ceremony between the United States and us,” he stated. The president also again addressed the possibility of being tested for COVID-19 for the first time, if it becomes necessary. Although the USMCA trade treaty is the reason for the meeting, López Obrador said he might ask about the Fast and Furious operation, an illegal and botched security plan during the administrations of President Barack Obama and President Felipe Calderon.
Reaction to Guanajuato massacre. After yesterday’s massacre of 26 young adults in a rehabilitation center in Irapuato, President López Obrador said he will face the rising violence in Guanajuato. “We have officers from the Secretary of Navy, the National Defense and the National Guard who are protecting the population. It is a very serious situation in Guanajuato,” he stated. The president said the region is suffering from confrontations between criminal groups, where fuel theft cartels stand out. He also lamented that criminals are colluding with authorities and so a joint strategy is needed. “This is not about blaming others, but about working together,” he said.
US state visit to strengthen trade. Minister of Foreign Affairs (SRE) Marcelo Ebrard confirmed President López Obrador will visit the US on July 8 and 9. The minister said López Obrador and President Donald Trump will discuss bilateral affairs on the first day and that the full agenda is being finalized. “On the afternoon (of July 8), President Trump and President López Obrador will hold a bilateral meeting to address various topics. On the morning of July 9, the trilateral agenda between Mexico, US and Canada will be discussed,” he said. Ebrard noted that the visit is related only to the USMCA trade treaty that official starts today, and that Mexico is committed to strengthening trade, investment and well-being among the three regional partners.
Alleged fraud in CFE contracts. After a court yesterday ruled against Minister of Energy (SENER) Rocío Nahle's new energy policy, President López Obrador reported on alleged fraud in electric power contracts signed by CFE, in which public officials and private companies colluded, he said. “Officials agreed with private companies, a tender was held for CFE to buy electricity from these private companies, but then another contract that bypassed the bidding process was signed at higher rates,” he explained. The president said complaints against companies and officials who endorsed fraudulent contracts will be filed. “We have already estimated the damage to the Treasury (SHCP). We want to talk to the companies,” he said.
Calls for investigation in Guanajuato. President López Obrador lamented the release of José Antonio “El Marro” Yepez’s mother by a local judge and said that what is happening in Guanajuato is “very strange” and based on inefficiencies and corruption. “There is always talk of alleged criminals being released because the investigation was not properly conducted. This is a way of concealing an agreement,” he said. The president announced an investigation into the release of María Ortiz, who was the financial operator of the Santa Rosa de Lima cartel. She was in possession of MX$2 million in cash and 1kg of methamphetamines when she was arrested nine days ago.