Mexico City, Mexico — In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, the Mexican government offers its support to the United States “as good neighbors should always do in trying times.”
Mexico’s Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray and Texas Governor Greg Abbott spoke by telephone, with Mexico offering to help Texas deal with the disaster. Carlos Gonzalez Gutierrez, the Mexican consulate general in Austin, says he’s in constant communication with the governor’s office to determine how Mexico can best help.
“As we have done in the past, Mexico stands with Texas in this difficult moment,” Gonzalez said, referring to 12 years ago when Mexico sent troops and a food-filled vessel to New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.
This latest offer of help from Mexico comes on the heels of a tweet by President Donald Trump who continues to insist Mexico will pay for a border wall.
“With Mexico being one of the highest crime Nations in the world, we must have THE WALL,” Trump tweeted. “Mexico will pay for it through reimbursement/other.”
In a statement, Mexico said “under no circumstance” will the government pay for a wall, noting the drug war and smuggling of weapons is a shared problem between both the U.S. and Mexico, saying that the illicit guns are arriving into Mexico from the United States.
The American president is also threatening to derail the North American Free Trade Agreement.
He tweets, “We are in the NAFTA (worst trade deal ever made) renegotiation process with Mexico & Canada. Both being very difficult, may have to terminate?”
In regards to NAFTA, Mexico said it will not negotiate NAFTA, “nor any other aspect of the bilateral relationship” through social media or “any other news platform.”
The U.S., Mexico and Canada, the three countries in the trade pact, are scheduled to resume talks this Friday in Mexico City.