How to explain Mexico's silence on President-elect Biden's win? Tony Payan, director of the Center for the United States and Mexico, says the reasons could be personal and strategic. President Andrés Manuel López Obrador "found a kindred spirit" in Trump's polarizing approach to governing and "he's sorry to see that go." At the same time, López Obrador could be wary of retaliation by Trump -- by closing the border, for instance -- should Mexico show support for the president-elect, Payan says.
Under the Biden administration, Mexico "will not get a pass" as it has under Trump on energy and labor issues, Payan added. Biden "understands American interests, and I think many U.S. interests go through Mexico. The Biden administration will pursue those interests very systematically.” Hear more of Payan's interview on the Texas Standard.
Payan is the Françoise and Edward Djerejian Fellow for Mexico Studies.