MEXICO CITY — Last Sunday, just five days before the second round of the renegotiations of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), President Donald Trump criticized Mexico again. And the neighboring country replied — by offering support.
President Trump tweeted last Sunday that Mexico is one of the nations with highest crime and will have to pay for the border wall. He also wrote that Mexico and Canada have been difficult to deal with during NAFTA talks.
But, in response, Mexico has offered help after the devastation of Hurricane Harvey “as good neighbors should always do in trying times.” The secretary of foreign affairs, Luis Videgaray, stated that he spoke to Texas Gov. Greg Abbott to look for ways to support his state.
The Mexican government also replied to Trump's tweets stating that it will not pay for a wall and clarifying that drug-related violence is a shared problem.
The official release also says that that their country will continue renegotiating NAFTA — but not through social media.
Mexico has supported the U.S. in previous castastrophes. After hurricane Katrina hitted the American coasts, the then-Mexican president, Vicente Fox, sent troops and supplies to help those affected.