Trade issues, including the controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement, are expected to be high on the agenda when President Barack Obama meets Mexico’s Enrique Pena Nieto on Friday.
“I would anticipate that the two leaders will spend some time talking about the trade relationship between our two countries,” White House spokesman Josh Earnest said, noting that both countries are signatories to TPP. Obama is “quite enthusiastic” about the TPP because it would represent an upgrade on the North American Free Trade Agreement, Earnest said.
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has said the US should exit NAFTA and should not ratify the TPP. Trump has also said that he would build a wall on the US-Mexico border to address illegal immigration.
Mexico’s Senate has already begun its review of the TPP and a decision on its ratification is expected by the end of the year.