President Trump welcomed Mexico’s president to the White House on Wednesday for a feel-good meeting between unlikely partners that was meant to celebrate a revised North American Free Trade Agreement that Mr. Trump hailed as historic but that is expected to have only modest economic effects.
Andrés Manuel López Obrador was the second foreign leader to visit the White House since mid-March, and the meeting was largely a public relations event to mark the official July 1 enactment of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, or U.S.M.C.A.
The warm tone of the joint appearance was notable given that Mr. Trump has made cracking down on immigration from Mexico a core theme of his presidency. He has repeatedly pressured Mexico, under threat of severe economic punishment, to help him control the border after abandoning his campaign promise to make the country pay for a wall to do it.
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