U.S. President Donald Trump has reportedly toned down his inflammatory stance on Mexicans. Or so believes its President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador who met with Trump at the White House on Thursday.

“He has completely changed his rhetoric,” said Lopez Obrador during a press briefing. “The relationship with President Trump is very good and, as I said yesterday, he has treated us like friends, not as distant neighbors,” he added.

A volley of U.S. diplomats and critics are of the opinion that this could very well be a strategic move by Trump. Speculations are rife that Trump might have intended to exploit the meeting with his Mexican counterpart to win the confidence of Mexican-American voters ahead of the forthcoming presidential elections slated to take place in November.

What’s more, soon after the meeting, a Twitter account that went by the title “official bilingual account” for Trump’s campaign began circulating the footages of Lopez Obrador lauding Trump, in what seemed like a desperate attempt to portray the president as an ally of the Hispanic community.

Trump’s infamous wrath on Mexicans never went unnoticed in the past -- from calling them rapists and drug runners, Trump was on a vicious verbal rant during his last presidential elections. He decreed that due efforts would be made to pay for his planned border wall aimed at combating illegal immigration and the drug mafia.

Back in 2018, just months after Obrador took office, Trump placed grave consequences -- put tariffs on all Mexican goods -- if Lopez Obrador did not co-operate with the Trump administration to check illegal immigration into the United States.

The United States continues to be on the top spot among countries to be the hardest hit by the pandemic. Trump, who has thumbed his nose at the lockdown exercises and health warnings, continues to amass severe backlash for his muddled approach in tackling the global health crisis. The United States has crossed the three million mark, with a recovery of 951k and a death toll of 135k.

Donald Trump Donald Trump speaks at the First in the Nation Leadership Summit in Nashua, NH, on April 18, 2015 Andrew Cline / Shutterstock.com