Mexican president accuses US of funding groups hostile to his administration, calls on Biden to intervene

In a letter, López Obrador stated that the U.S. government, particularly through USAID, has been providing financial support to organizations that oppose his government. He referred to this as "interventionist" and respectfully requested intervention from the U.S. government. 

USAID's development strategy for Mexico aims to reduce crime and violence by limiting the operational space of organized crime in targeted areas. The Mexican president's press conference followed a meeting with U.S. Homeland Security adviser Liz Sherwood-Randall to discuss coordination in anticipation of the end of U.S. asylum restrictions at their shared border. Additionally, the Mexican president recently blacked out during a meeting due to complications related to COVID-19.

Two years ago, López Obrador expressed a similar concern in a diplomatic note prior to a virtual meeting with Vice President Kamala Harris. He requested that USAID withdraw funding from non-governmental organizations that criticize the government, including Mexicans against Corruption and Impunity (MCCI) and Article 19, a freedom of expression organization that has spoken out against the number of journalists killed in Mexico.

Fox News Digital has contacted MCCI and Article 19 for comment. USAID responded to the allegations by stating that the United States and Mexico have a strong partnership that promotes peace and prosperity in the region, and that USAID works closely with government, civil society, and private sector partners to achieve shared goals. USAID also collaborates with Mexico's development agency, AMEXCID, to address the root causes of migration in northern Central America.

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