Christopher Landau, U.S. ambassador to Mexico, has already bought his raffle pot.
On his Twitter account, the U.S. official showed the time he purchased a ticket for the September 15 draw, where there will be prizes accumulating an amount equal to the value of the TP-01 presidential aircraft, as the government has said.
The ambassador’s new dilemma: how to spend 20 million pesos? ✈️ pic.twitter.com/oO38Zcv5W8
— Ambassador Christopher Landau (@USAmbMex) August 27, 2020
Last August 24, the President of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, published a video in which he called people to buy pots for the raffle and re-criticizes the luxuries inside the aircraft.
“I look small, but I’m not accommodating. I’m a Republican. Power is humility. These looked like kings, look at the luxuries they were giving,” Lopez Obrador says in front of the presidential plane, then board it.
“Having so much poverty, this is an insult. This plane will be rifed on September 15th and whatever is obtained is going to be used to buy medical equipment and attend to the village. Buy your little piece. Let’s make history,” he adds inside.
The aircraft was acquired by the Mexican government in mid-2012 – with then-President Felipe Calderón – through a lease between the Ministry of Defense and Banobras within 15 years amounting to 6,094 million 689,887 pesos.
Since his campaign, López Obrador said he would not use it because in his looks it represents the profligacy and privileges of his predecessors in government.
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