MEXICO CITY, MEXICO – The government of Mexico and President Donald Trump do not seem to be on the same page when it comes to a controversial trade agreement (NAFTA) and a border wall he says our neighbor to the south will pay for.
President Trump issued the following tweets Sunday, August 27 regarding the future of NAFTA and the border wall, both hotly-contested issues between the U.S. and Mexico:
Regarding Sunday morning’s expressions by the President of the United States of America on various issues of the bilateral relationship, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Mexico responded with the following:
1. As the Mexican government has always maintained, our country will not pay, under any circumstances and under any circumstances, a wall or physical barrier that is built in US territory along the Mexican border. This determination is not part of a Mexican negotiating strategy, but a principle of national sovereignty and dignity.
2. With regard to the violence generated in Mexico by the illicit traffic in drugs, arms and money between our countries, we reiterate that it is a shared problem that will only end if its root causes are addressed: the high demand for drugs in the United States and the offer from Mexico (and other countries). International criminal organizations have killed thousands of Mexicans, including members of the Armed Forces and police, and thousands of Americans. Only on the basis of the principles of shared responsibility, teamwork and mutual trust can we overcome this challenge.
3. Mexico’s position at the renegotiation table of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) will continue to be serious and constructive, always putting national interest ahead and seeking a result in which the three North American countries win.
4. Mexico will not negotiate NAFTA, nor any other aspect of the bilateral relationship, through social networks or the media.
The Mexican government 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, and reports that we have offered the US government all the help and cooperation that can be provided by the different Mexican government agencies to deal with the impacts of this natural disaster, as good neighbors should always do in times of difficulty.