Trump has a unique way of speaking things into existence. People have laughed at his statements that Mexico would work to build the wall, or the President would have to listen to the U.S., but it’s not until recently that it might be truer than we realize.
It’s no surprise that President Trump and President Enrique Pena Nieto of Mexico don’t get along. Their past communications have been less than pleasant, and Trump is a straight shooting President. However, the Mexico – United States relationship may have just taken a new turn.
During a summit in Costa Rica on Wednesday, President Pena Nieto said he was building “a new relationship” with the U.S. He continued saying he would be looking to his Latin American neighboring countries for support with Mexico’s upcoming “big challenges.”
Trump is using his vast amount of business experience to urge Mexico to do what he thinks is best for America. This led him to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement, also known as NAFTA. Limiting Mexico of their trade could drastically affect their financial state.
Yahoo News reported the broad trade agreement between the US and Mexico:
“Mexico sends 80 percent of its exports to the United States, with which it has a $60 billion trade surplus … Trump has asserted that NAFTA is costing US manufacturing jobs and he is promoting protectionist policies, including consideration of a border adjustment tax on imports … Mexico is said to be weighing cuts in the $2.3 billion in corn it imports from the United States if NAFTA negotiations go sour.”
If Mexico refuses anything else from Trump, it’s likely that he will cut part of the trade agreement which will ultimately hurt Mexico. However, the summit remained in a positive light. The summit, which included Mexico, Central America, and Colombia, was eventually thanked by the Mexican President for their alliance with Mexico:
“[The President thanked the countries for] the displays of solidarity and trust they have shown Mexico in these recent months as Mexico faces very big challenges in building a new relationship with the United States government.”
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