TRUTH PUKE’S TAKE: Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has called on U.S. President Joe Biden to stop the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) from funding groups hostile to his government, citing concerns about U.S. interventionism. While he did not specify which Mexican groups the U.S. should stop funding, he has previously accused media organizations of being part of a conservative movement against his government.
In response, a USAID spokesperson emphasized the “deep partnership” between the U.S. and Mexico and their commitment to working with local partners for sustainable development. However, Lopez Obrador has criticized USAID-backed organizations, including free speech group Article 19 and Mexicans against Corruption and Impunity, for reporting on corruption and lack of transparency in his administration.
This latest request comes amid Lopez Obrador’s proposal to scrap Mexico’s freedom of information body, INAI, and credible reports of restrictions on free expression and media in Mexico. The U.S. has proposed a $63.1 billion budget for the State Department and USAID in 2024 to continue promoting national interests and tackling global challenges.
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