President Donald Trump on Friday blasted his predecessor for “bizarre” behavior in Mexico and urged the Obama administration to “do more.”
Trump was speaking at a rally in Virginia where he was expected to deliver a speech about the economy.
“We are in Mexico right now and the president of Mexico, he has a problem,” Trump said.
“I mean, I’ll tell you, I think the president has a really strange way of dealing with the United States of America.
I mean, the president is a really weird guy.”
The remarks were the first by a sitting U.S. president to directly criticize Mexico’s president, who has not been seen publicly since he was sworn in in January.
Trump said he had heard about Mexico’s “birther” movement that claimed the country was not a part of the U.N. in order to stop him from taking office.
“And you know what?
We’re going to win,” Trump added.
“You’re going be proud of this president.
He has a very, very, strong team.
I think they’ve got a real good team.
They’re going in the right direction.
I’m not going to say they’re perfect, but they’re going down the right path.”
Mexico’s foreign ministry denied that Trump had ever called its president “crazy.”
“We never call him crazy,” said Jose Luis Gomez, Mexico’s ambassador to the U and president of the country’s foreign relations committee.
“He is an extraordinary person.”
Mexico, which hosts the U-18 and U-20 World Cups, hosted the U -20 championship tournament for the first time last year.
Trump’s comments also came days after the Obama-era administration released a draft of a sweeping trade agreement that included a ban on imports from Mexico and Canada.
It said the agreement could cost U.W. companies millions of dollars in lost sales and could damage U.s. economic interests in the region.