U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders and the leader of the British Labour Party Jeremy Corbyn were some of the high-profile progressives who congratulated Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador after his overwhelming victory on Mexico's presidential elections on Sunday. "It is our main economic-commercial partner", he said.
Promising to combat corruption and drive down record crime rates, Mr Lopez Obrador captured 53 per cent of the vote, according to preliminary results - a historic victory for the party he created.
Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, victor of Mexico's presidential election, right, waves during a rally at Zocalo square in Mexico City, Mexico, on Sunday, July 1, 2018.
Lopez Obrador, who has run for president in every election since 2006, has humble beginnings, flies coach class and says that he will convert Mexico's presidential palace into a public park.
Obrador was expected to be more assertive with Trump while seeking to reduce Mexico's dependency on US fuel and other trade.
In his account, Lopez Obrador did not mention trade, and Trump gave no further details on a possible trade pact.
"I see that the results [of the voting] are favorable for Lopez Obrador".
"Now that he has won, he can not fail this new generation that believes in him", said Mariano Bartolini, a 29-year-old lawyer who voted for Lopez Obrador in the northwestern city of Rosarito, near Tijuana.More news: Godin, Ronaldo clash as Uruguay take on Portugal
Despite his affable approach towards Mexico's northern neighbor, Lopez Obrador's victory did little for the Peso.
However, Mexico's new leader hasn't said the same of Trump. His next bid was thwarted too, when Enrique Peña Nieto was chosen as President in 2012. He later joined the Party of the Democratic Revolution and more recently formed his own party, the National Regeneration Movement - known as MORENA.
He even wrote a book titled Oye Trump (Listen up, Trump) in which he criticised Nieto for not representing Mexico with dignity and condemned the border wall and Mexican "passivity" in its relations with the US.
Surveys conducted by Consulta Mitofsky and Televisa forecast gubernatorial wins for allies of the Morena party in Chiapas, Morelos, Tabasco and Veracruz, and for head of government in Mexico City. "There is much to be done that will benefit both the United States and Mexico!" He has also struck a nationalist tone on plans to boost the economy.
Lopez Obrador won thanks to overwhelming anger at the status quo and his success at presenting himself as an agent of change. Consequently, President Carlos Salinas de Gortari signed the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) in 1994, starting a new era of economic cooperation between Mexico and the US.
Lopez Obrador has repeatedly promised just that, though some businesspeople have been skeptical. Beyond that, Ross said it was unclear whether Mexico's incoming president would either bring in new negotiators or set a different agenda. It was the biggest share of the vote in a Mexican presidential election since the early 1980s and gave him a strong mandate to address Mexico's domestic problems and face external challenges such as US tariffs.