By KELIN DILLON
Early in the morning of Wednesday, Aug. 11, the U.S. Senate confirmed the appointment of Ken Salazar as the new United States ambassador to Mexico after the role remained vacant for more than half a year.
“Many of us in the White House and beyond stand on the shoulders of Ken Salazar, a giant in the Latino community,” said Cristóbal Alex, Deputy Cabinet Secretary at The White House.
Salazar is the former U.S. Secretary of the Interior under former President Barack Obama, and identifies as Mexican-American; upon his election to the U.S. Senate in 2005, Salazar was the first Latino to achieve this feat in 33 years.
As a lawyer specializing in the environment, energy and natural resources, Salazar promised during his approval hearing to defend the United States’ interests in Mexico’s energy sector — something limited by Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) through his reforms, which have widely been considered to have negative effects on the environment.
That very same as Salazar’s confirmation, López Obrador invited the current U.S. President Joe Biden to visit Mexico this upcoming September just days after he held a phone call with the U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris, resulting in a donation of 8.5 million vaccines against covid-19 from the United States to Mexico.
“There is a possibility of his visit, we extended an invitation for him to visit Mexico and have a meeting,” said AMLO in his daily morning press conference. “It is proposed to take place by the end of September.”