Mexico offers helping hand to Harvey victims

Mexico offers helping hand to Harvey victims

Kerry Wise
August 29, 2017

"With Mexico being one of the highest crime nations in the world, we must have THE WALL", he tweeted, in between wide-eyed dispatches about the 'HISTORIC rainfall' happening in Houston. The President justified his move through the Congress with his unwilling desire to wait on the Mexico government to accede to his long-held demand that it pay for the wall and that Congress should instead fund the wall with the belief that the Mexican government will refund the US.

Mexico told President Donald Trump again in no uncertain terms that it will not be paying for his proposed border wall, no matter what he says - or tweets - on the matter.

The statement was a direct response to a sweeping series of tweets by President Donald Trump on August 27, in which he touched on NAFTA, the border wall and the Missouri Senate campaign amid updates on tropical storm Harvey off the southeast coast of Texas.

"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 Secretariat of Foreign Affairs said in a statement.

Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto has repeatedly said the country would not be footing the bill for the wall.

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Trump has promised to build the border wall during his 2016 presidential bid.

"From an economic issue, it is the least important thing we were talking about", The Guardian quotes the president.

Trump said at a rally last week in Phoenix that he would "end up probably terminating" NAFTA "at some point".

He also suggested he would follow through on previous threats to pull the USA out of the trade pact he called the "worst deal ever made". "This determination is not part of a Mexican negotiating strategy, but a principle of national sovereignty and dignity", it said. "That's right. It may be through reimbursement, but one way or the other, Mexico will pay for the wall".

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs pledged to assist the US with Hurricane Harvey relief efforts.