The German leader, who has clashed with the US president in recent weeks, will arrive in Mexico with a large business delegation, seeking to expand a relationship that saw the countries do $17.8 billion in trade last year.
Mexico, on the receiving end of much vitriol from Trump, has been actively wooing other countries because of fears for the future of its crucial trade relationship with the United States.
It is particularly keen to deepen ties with Germany, whose major automakers – Volkswagen, Audi and soon BMW – have opened major plants in Mexico and contributed to making the country the world’s seventh-largest auto producer.
One of the reasons is Mexico’s duty-free access to the US market under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) – which Trump now wants to renegotiate, saying the 23-year-old deal has shipped American jobs south of the border.
But German companies see Mexico …