Kelly warns Mex­ico not to elect left­ist

The Washington Times Daily - - POLITICS - — Stephen Dinan

The Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion waded into Mex­ico’s pres­i­den­tial elec­tion Wed­nes­day, with Home­land Se­cu­rity Sec­re­tary John F. Kelly cau­tion­ing against Mex­i­cans pick­ing a left-wing can­di­date.

While the elec­tion is still a year away, in July 2018, polling shows that Manuel Lopez Obrador, a two-time loser in pres­i­den­tial elec­tions, is now a front-run­ner. His anti-Amer­i­can ap­proach to pol­i­tics has res­onated with Mex­i­cans fu­ri­ous at Pres­i­dent Trump’s ver­bal at­tacks on their na­tion.

Un­der ques­tion­ing by Sen. John McCain, Mr. Kelly said his elec­tion would be bad for both coun­tries.

“It would not be good for Amer­ica, or for Mex­ico,” said Mr. Kelly, a former Ma­rine Corps gen­eral whose purview in the mil­i­tary had in­cluded run­ning South­ern Com­mand, which cov­ers South Amer­ica and Cen­tral Amer­ica.

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