Things have been pretty heated relationally between the U.S. and Mexico. But Harvey seems to have created an opportunity for the two nations to overcome the “wall” that has separated us…or doesn’t separate us yet.
Mexico’s government is reaching out to Amerca to offer help for those who are victims of Hurricane Harvey in Texas. Mexico’s Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray spoke with Texas Gov. Greg Abbott by phone this past Sunday to offer aid “as good neighbors should always do in trying times,” the Dallas Morning News reported.
“As we have done in the past, Mexico stands with Texas in this difficult moment,” said Carlos Gonzalez Gutierrez, the Mexican consul general in Austin. “The government of Mexico takes this opportunity to express its full solidarity with the people and government of the United States for the damages caused by Hurricane Harvey in Texas,” the Mexican Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
Texas is still in chaos and turmoil. Houston got 25 inches of rain over the weekend from the massive storm, and much more is expected. Harvey has caused massive flooding, mass evacuations, and even death. Mexico offered similar help in 2005 when Hurricane Katrina wreaked havoc in New Orleans. They sent troops, food, medicine, and water.
In contrast to Mexico’s offer, President Trump challenged the nation on Twitter insisting that they pay for his proposed border wall and accusing them of being “very difficult” in NAFTA renegotiations. Trump tweeted: “With Mexico being one of the highest crime Nations in the world, we must have THE WALL. Mexico will pay for it through reimbursement/other.”
Trump followed up with another tweet aimed at Mexico: “We are in the NAFTA (worst trade deal ever made) renegotiation process with Mexico & Canada.Both being very difficult,may have to terminate?”
Mexico responded to the president’s tweet writing that they would not pay for the wall because of “a principle of national sovereignty and dignity.” They also said that they would not negotiate a trade deal through social media. In a pretty significant stab back at the president and America, Mexico stated that the violence in their country would “only end if its root causes are addressed: high demand for drugs in the United States and supply from Mexico (and other countries).”
What do you think about Mexico’s offer to help victims of Hurricane Harvey and the battle of tweets between Trump and Mexican leadership?
Credit: The Hill