CIUDAD JUÁREZ, Mexico — President Andrés Manuel López Obrador on Friday said Mexico has no choice but to pay its water debt to the U.S., or else face retaliation that could include new tariffs from the Trump administration, even as clashes continue over plans to release more of the precious liquid.
The populist López Obrador is in the tricky position of having to meet Mexico’s obligations under the shadow of the Trump administration while farmers, many of whom voted for López Obrador, worry that they won’t have enough water for their crops if that happens.
“Unilateral measures could be taken that affect Mexico with the excuse that we are not meeting the treaty’s agreement,” López Obrador said Friday. “Like the creation of tariffs, taxes, on the products we sell and export to the U.S.”
The drought-stricken northern state of Chihuahua, across from Texas, has seen violent protests over the government’s