Felipe Calderón may have had trouble last year on his path to the Presidency of Mexico, but based on his interactions with George W. Bush yesterday, he seems to have the huevos to speak up on the international stage. According to several news sources, Calderón did not mince words in admonishing President Bush on his border fence initiative and his administration’s failure to enact comprehensive immigration reform.
President Calderón also addressed the issue of controlling illegal drug trafficking. He vowed to fight drug-running in Mexico, but also pointed out that the U.S. has a responsibility to address issues of demand because “while there is no reduction in demand in your territory, it will be very difficult to reduce the supply in ours.”
It’s certainly obvious that Calderón is no Vincente Fox, who was always remarkably polite in his deference to President Bush.