On Tuesday afternoon, U.S. Republican Senator Marco Rubio lashed out against Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO), whom he accused of handing over sections of the country to drug cartels.
Marco Rubio expressed his annoyance against AMLO after the president announced that he would not participate in the Summit of the Americas being held in Los Angeles, California, because the United States excluded several countries.
"I am glad to see that the Mexican president, who has handed over sections of his country to drug cartels and is an apologist for tyranny in Cuba, a murderous dictator in Nicaragua, and a drug trafficker in Venezuela will not be in the United States this week," Rubio tweeted.
The senator for the state of Florida was one of the politicians who pushed hardest to prevent Cuba, Nicaragua, and Venezuela from being invited to the Summit of the Americas, countries that in the end were not invited.
For this reason, the Cuban-born legislator's message, written in English and Spanish, was his way of celebrating the fact that AMLO will not attend the Ninth Summit of the Americas being held this week in Los Angeles, California, hosted by President Joe Biden.
For his part, López Obrador declined the invitation extended to him by the U.S. government, in retaliation for Washington's decision not to invite Cuba, Nicaragua, and Venezuela to the event.
In his morning press conference this Tuesday, AMLO responded to the White House, which on Monday indicated that Biden's position as host of the Summit was not to invite dictators, with the question; of who authorizes a nation to exclude another country?
The Los Angeles Summit will be attended at the Executive level by 23 of the 34 countries of the Inter-American system, those attending at the ministerial level are Bolivia, El Salvador, Grenada, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, St. Kitts, and Nevis, and Uruguay, in addition to Biden's prerogative exclusion of Cuba, Nicaragua, and Venezuela.
Rubio, whom Trump humiliated on several occasions while he was a presidential candidate and then head of the U.S. Executive Branch, is a Republican senator who keeps in force the ideas of the Cold War era, such as maintaining the economic embargo on Cuba.
In his message on Twitter Rubio does not abound with arguments or evidence of the accusation he made to President López Obrador that he handed over sections of Mexican territory to drug trafficking.