Lopez Obrador, before meeting with the U.S. vice president, said the money encouraged “a form of coup.”
U.S. President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said ahead of a schedule by U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris that Mexico had sent a diplomatic note asking the U.S. to explain the money to the government’s anti-corruption group.
Lopez Obrador said the formal protest was sent because a team investigating political corruption had spent money on corruption and impunity against Mexicans. He said the party wanted to undermine his government.
“This is a kind of coup,” Lopez Obrador said in a statement, adding that the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), commonly known as USAID, included US money as an opponent of Mexico’s sovereignty.
“This is why we are asking that (the US government) make this clear to us. A foreign government cannot fund political parties, ”he said.
On its website, Mexicans list USAID among its financial backers against corruption and impunity.
The agency has issued critical reports, including some of Lopez Obrador’s larger initiatives Cancellation Mexico City Airport and partially built Construction A tourist train around the Yucatan Peninsula.
In a diplomatic note shown by Lopez Obrado on Friday, Mexico said it respected the role of civil society organizations and was interested in tackling corruption, but said people associated with the group were “clearly exposed to political militancy against their government in Mexico.”
The note, dated Thursday, called on the US embassy to guarantee financial support from the US Agency for International Development and suspend it if it did.
On Thursday, Mexicans posted on Twitter against corruption and impunity that its work is completely legal.
“We reiterate the absolute legitimacy of our work,” the statement said, rejecting any suggestion of interventionism, while asking if the government has become increasingly aggressive in stopping what was said.
Lopez Obrado’s allegations came before he practically met with Harris on Friday to discuss migration and other bilateral issues.
Lopez Obrador, however, said he would not raise the issue during a meeting with Harris, who made key statements to the Biden administration to show a strong reaction to unregistered immigrants on the US-Mexico partnership border.
During the virtual meeting, Harris and Lopez Obrador agreed to address the root causes of migration from Central America – violence and corruption.