Down in Mexico, he is AMLO, or Presidente Andrés Manuel López-Obrador.
As you know, he won a big election in Mexico last July and assumed the presidency on December 1.
So far, President López-Obrador cannot be happy with the items on his agenda. My good guess is that he did not plan to spend the early days of his presidency enhancing security on the Guatemala border or chasing down criminals stealing gasoline.
Down on their southern border, Mexico will get proactive to prevent the entry of illegal aliens. I wonder what will happen when that other caravan from Honduras reaches the Guatemala-Mexico border! According to my contacts in Mexico, public opinion is against allowing these people into the country.
Around Mexico City, a metropolitan area of more than 20 million people and God only knows how many millions of automobiles, there is a shortage of gasoline.
This is from news reports:
A major fuel pipeline that supplies Mexico City remained closed after two ruptures in a single day, the president said on Friday, as the government works to stem shortages that have frustrated motorists and triggered economic risks.
President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador’s offensive against fuel robbers marks the leftist’s first attempt to tackle entrenched corruption since taking office on Dec. 1.
Criminal groups have tapped pipelines and stolen tanker trucks carrying diesel and gasoline in the oil-producing country for years, costing the government billions of dollars.
The government will assign 8,300 police and 1,400 security vehicles over the next 48 hours to safeguard fuel trucks so they can deliver to gas stations, said Mexico’s National Chamber of Freight Transport (CANACAR).
The economy is an issue, but there are bigger questions.
Who is behind this operation to steal gasoline from pipelines? It has to be a major criminal enterprise, or cartels. It’s hard for me to believe that these are teenagers pulling off a Friday night prank. The operation has all of the makings of a disciplined project, or people who know where the pipelines are and own the tools to steal the gasoline.
Maybe they should question El Chapo about this!
Are any PEMEX officials behind the thefts? I just heard from a Mexican friend that PEMEX officials are stealing the gasoline and selling it under the table to retailers. I can’t confirm that but my friend said it’s true!
It’s complicated, as everything in Mexico always is.
Again, ask El Chapo about these shortages!
In the meantime, get ready for some long gas lines if you are driving down to Mexico.
This is not the way that Lopez-Obrador had planned to spend first first 45 days!