Mexican president praises VP Kamala Harris, ‘called her president’ in meeting

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Vice President Kamala Harris deserves a promotion, says Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador.

“It was such a good meeting that I called her ‘president’,” the leftist leader told reporters this week, soon after Harris wrapped up a three-day swing through Guatemala and Mexico that critics called a failure — and that left Biden administration officials “quietly perplexed.”

Harris repeatedly fumbled questions about when she would visit the US-Mexico border amid the record surge of illegal immigrants that has continued to increase since she became Biden’s border czar in March.

President Alejandro Giammattei of Guatemala blamed Biden’s policies and his administration’s “lukewarm” rhetoric for the worsening crisis in the wake of Harris’ visit.

But the Mexican president — known as AMLO — praised the veep as an “extraordinary woman” on Wednesday.

“It’s a completely new phase” for US-Mexico relations, he told a news conference.

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