US President Donald Trump's belligerent posture toward Mexico has created diplomatic challenges. Illustration: iStock

US President Donald Trump is looking forward to meeting with his newly-elected Mexican counterpart, said John Bolton, his famously hawkish national security adviser, on Sunday.

Mexicans went to the polls on Sunday to elect a new president, widely expected to be Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, a leftist who has promised to “put [Trump] in his place.”

“I think President Trump will follow through with the same pattern he’s used with other foreign leaders. He’ll look forward to meeting with him,” Bolton said on Fox News Sunday.

“Having the two leaders get together may produce some surprising results.”

Trump’s anti-immigration policy, which led to more than 2,000 children being separated from their parents after crossing the US-Mexico border, and his belligerent stance on the North American Free Trade Agreement, which the US, Mexico and Canada are renegotiating, are among the issues expected to be discussed when the two leaders meet.

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