Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto and U.S. President Donald Trump will meet at the end of this month to discuss trade, immigration and security issues, as the Latin American leader faces increased pressure at home.
Trump's spokesman told a news conference Saturday that the two leaders will meet on Jan. 31, the week after senior officials of both administrations hold bilateral talks in Washington.
Trump is committed to renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement and would move to withdraw if no "fair deal" is forthcoming, according to the White House website.
Peña Nieto, whose popularity has plummeted due to corruption scandals and rising inflation, has been criticized for lacking a clear strategy to counter Trump's threats to crimp trade and deport illegal immigrants.
Seeking to capitalize on that discontent, Mexican 2018 presidential forerunner Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said Saturday he would tour major U.S. cities starting in February.
"We should put a national emergency plan in place to face the damage and reverse the protectionist policies of Donald Trump,” Lopez Obrador said.
Many in Mexico are also worried about Trump’s promise to make Mexico pay for a border wall, possibly by blocking wire transfers out of the United States from Mexican nationals.