In a cartoon doing the rounds on social media, President Donald Trump telephones a future Mexican President Andres Manuel López Obrador. After a heated call, newspaper headlines describe ‘escalating’ tensions between the two. The peso, whose historic low was 22 to the dollar, crashes to 45.
The cartoon − the work of supporters of the ruling PRI party’s candidate José Antonio Meade − continues with the US president humiliating a future President Ricardo Anaya, the baby-faced conservative hopeful, and reducing him to tears. The third scenario is, of course, a civilized conversation with Meade, which the papers then hail as ‘Meade puts a stop to Trump’.