The Mexican government is not being silent about Trump’s aggressive stance on immigration and his insistence on Mexico paying for a border wall. On Sunday they stressed their position that they would not pay for Trump’s wall.
The president had tweeted on Sunday morning: “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.”
In response to Trump’s tweet, Mexico’s foreign ministry released a statement saying Mexico would not pay for a wall or other physical barrier at the border “under any circumstances.”
“This determination is not part of a Mexican negotiating strategy, but a principle of national sovereignty and dignity,” the statement said.
Mexico paying for the wall was one of Trump’s central campaign promises. Since he took office, the president has been asking Congress to allocate money for the wall and then have Mexico reimburse the U.S. But Mexican leaders have publicly rejected any possibility of paying for a wall. Earlier this month, President Trump threatened a government shutdown if Congress didn’t allocate money to build the wall.
The government of Mexico also responded to Trump’s statements in social media regarding the crime in Mexico. They said that crime is a “shared problem” for both countries and is caused in part by the U.S. demand for narcotics from Mexico.
“Only on the basis of the principles of shared responsibility, teamwork, and mutual trust can we overcome this challenge,” the statement said.
And the Mexican government responded to Trump’s accusations regarding the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Trump had tweeted: “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 by saying that their position at the negotiating table was “serious and constructive” and they sought a winning result for Mexico, Canada, and the U.S. “Mexico will not negotiate NAFTA nor any other aspect of the bilateral relationship through social media or the media,” the ministry added.
In the midst of all the heated back and forth about walls, crime, and trade, Mexico offered any help that is needed to deal with the chaos and turmoil created by Hurricane Harvey.
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