Tweet for tat: Mexico presidential frontrunner vows to hit back at Trump insults

Mexico's presidential candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador greets supporters during a meeting at San Marcos community, in Guerrero State, Mexico on May 17, 2018. (AFP / FRANCISCO ROBLES)
Updated 19 May 2018
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Tweet for tat: Mexico presidential frontrunner vows to hit back at Trump insults

  • Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador says Trump has to "get himself under control ... he can’t go around offending the Mexican people."
  • rump has regularly attacked Mexico on Twitter since launching his presidential campaign in 2015 by referring to Mexican immigrants as criminals and rapists, and vowing to build a wall on the border.

MEXICO CITY:  The fiery leftist leading the race for Mexican president, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, vowed Friday to hit back at US President Donald Trump if he insults Mexico on Twitter.
“If he makes an offensive tweet, I’m going to take responsibility for answering him,” said Lopez Obrador, a former Mexico City mayor who has a double-digit lead in most opinion polls heading into the July 1 election.
“I think (Trump) is going to understand he has to get himself under control, that he can’t go around offending the Mexican people. We don’t want confrontations with him, but we are going to ask him to respect us,” he said at a campaign rally in the town of Huajuapan, in the southern state of Oaxaca.
Trump has regularly attacked Mexico on Twitter since launching his presidential campaign in 2015 by referring to Mexican immigrants as criminals and rapists, and vowing to build a wall on the border.
Mexico’s current President Enrique Pena Nieto has rarely answered his counterpart’s Twitter outbursts, and his foreign ministry regularly insists Mexico will not discuss diplomatic matters on social media.
Lopez Obrador promised a change in strategy if he wins the election.
The candidate, who is making his third bid at the presidency, is only an occasional tweeter — though he has increased his use of social media during his campaign.
In April he tweeted to the US president that he wanted to sell him Mexico’s presidential plane, a plush Boeing Dreamliner purchased by the previous government of which he is fond of saying, “Not even Trump has a plane like that!“
Lopez Obrador, widely known by his initials, “AMLO,” is a divisive figure in Mexico.
But he has ridden discontent with Pena Nieto’s government to a firm lead over the second-place candidate, Ricardo Anaya of the conservative National Action Party (PAN), and ruling-party candidate Jose Antonio Meade, a distant third.


Pence presses Myanmar’s Suu Kyi to pardon Reuters journalists

Updated 14 November 2018
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Pence presses Myanmar’s Suu Kyi to pardon Reuters journalists

  • Reuters journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo were arrested in Yangon in December 2017
  • Lawyers for the two Reuters reporters have lodged an appeal against their conviction

SINGAPORE: US Vice President Mike Pence pressed Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi “multiple times” on Wednesday to pardon two Reuters journalists jailed in her country, a senior White House official said.
Reuters journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo were arrested in Yangon in December 2017. They were found guilty in September of breaching the Official Secrets Act and sentenced to seven years in prison.
Pence met Suu Kyi on the sidelines of an Asia summit in Singapore.
“He raised the case of two Reuters journalists in particular and raised the request that a pardon could be made,” a senior White House official told reporters on condition of anonymity. “They had a very candid exchange of views on that.”
The White House official said Pence urged Suu Kyi directly to pardon the Reuters journalists “multiple times.”
The official declined to comment on Suu Kyi’s response in the closed-door meeting.
Lawyers for the two Reuters reporters have lodged an appeal against their conviction.
At the time of their arrest in December, Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo were working on a Reuters investigation into the killing of 10 Rohingya Muslim villagers during an army crackdown in Rakhine state.