To meet Trump, AMLO will fly commercial

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MEXICO CITY — Mexico’s president on Thursday said he and his delegation would fly commercial for an upcoming meeting with his U.S. counterpart, Donald Trump, in Washington even though there are currently no direct flights to the U.S. capital.

The trip earmarked for July will be the first official foreign visit by President Andres Manuel López Obrador as president of Mexico.

Mexico’s president declared on Thursday, June 25, he and his delegation would fly commercial for an upcoming meeting with his U.S. counterpart, Donald Trump, in Washington even though there are currently no direct flights from Mexico to the U.S. capital.

Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador will be accompanied by Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard, Economy Minister Graciela Marquez and his chief of staff, Alfonso Romo.

“I’m not going to go on a private plane, I’m going to go by a (commercial) airline,” Lopez Obrador told a regular news conference. “There’s still no way to go direct from Mexico City to Washington. I have to make a stop, but we will be there.”

The frugal leftist, 66, has made public sector austerity a priority of his presidency, cutting his own pay and that of top officials. He is also in the process of trying to sell off or raffle his predecessor’s luxury presidential jet.

Source: The National Post

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