President Joe Biden will reportedly visit Mexico in January. During a recent press conference, Mexican President Andres Manuel López Obrador indicated that Biden will attend the North American Leaders’ Summit in Mexico City on January 9-10, 2023. However, White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said that the President has not yet determined if he will attend this year’s summit.
“We’re still working through plans for the next North Americans Leaders’ Summit and have no travel announcement to make at this time,” Jean-Pierre said in October, according to The Hill.
It is no secret that Biden and Obrado have had their issues. The two leaders have sparred over various matters, including energy and the state of Mexico’s democracy. Not to mention, Obrador refused to attend the Summit of the Americas in Los Angeles last year because leaders of Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela were not invited.
Biden is not the only North American leader to question their attendance at this year’s summer. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has not publicly confirmed his attendance at this year’s summit either.
It is tradition for the leaders of Canada, Mexico and the United States to meet each year. However, these meetings did not occur during the Trump administration. Last year, the summit renewed in Washington, D.C. during Biden’s first year in office.