President López Obrador Threatens Resignation Over Alleged Drug Trafficker Phone Call
During a recent “morning” conference at the National Palace, President Andrés Manuel López Obrador addressed a report that mentioned an alleged conversation he had with drug trafficker Édgar Valdez Villarreal, also known as “La Barbie.” In response to the report, López Obrador stated, “I have to resign from the Presidency if there is a call with ‘La Barbie’.”
The President also took the opportunity to once again criticize journalist Tim Golden and ProPublica for a separate report alleging drug money was used for his 2006 presidential campaign. López Obrador expressed his frustration with the journalists involved, including Anabel Hernández, and accused them of spreading false information about him.
“A conversation comes out like they had, or the other mercenary journalist whose name it is better to forget, from a conversation I had on the phone with ‘La Barbie’, that conversation comes out, well I have to resign, I have to go,” López Obrador stated during the conference.
The President also attempted to invite Tim Golden to attend the “morning session” to debate the allegations, however, ProPublica’s editor-in-chief, Stephen Engelberg, confirmed that Golden would not be appearing on the show.
The controversy surrounding the alleged phone conversation and the reports of drug money in his campaign continue to create tension for President López Obrador. It remains to be seen how these allegations will impact his presidency in the future.
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