CIUDAD JUÁREZ, Mexico — President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said Friday that Mexico has to pay its water debt to the U.S., or it would risk retaliation that could include new tariffs from the Trump administration.
He spoke even as clashes continued over plans to release more of the precious liquid.
The populist López Obrador is in the tricky position of having to meet Mexico’s water treaty obligations under the shadow of the Trump administration while farmers, many of whom voted for López Obrador, worry that that would leave them without enough water for their crops.
“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