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The US President again demanded the central American country should pay for the highly-publicised wall between the countries which is designed to cut the number of illegal migrants travelling into the US.
It was a major election campaign promise by President Trump, who has repeatedly claimed he will get Mexico to pay for the divide despite the country’s flat out refusal.
In an aggressive tweet posted on Saturday amid a flurry of other posts about the Texas hurricane rescue operation, the US leader said: “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 the tweet, Mexico’s foreign ministry issued a press release, which again dismissed claims it would pay for any wall or physical barrier along the US-Mexican border.
The statement ended with the earnest pledge to help the US government with the rescue effort calling the two countries “good neighbours”.
“The Mexican government takes this opportunity to express its full solidarity with the people and government of the United States as a result of the damages caused by Hurricane Harvey in Texas,” the statement said.
“And [it] expresses that it has offered to provide help and cooperation to the US government in order to deal with the impact of this natural disaster – as good neighbours should always do in trying times.
Along with his latest tweet about the wall, President Trump then went on to partly blame Mexico for negotiations over the North American Free Trade Agreement, a deal between Canada, Mexico and the US.
“We are in the NAFTA (worst trade deal ever made) renegotiation process with Mexico and Canada,” the US leader said.
“Both are being very difficult, may have to terminate?”
Mexico’s foreign affairs statement responded that its position at NAFTA talks will continue to be “serious and constructive” and after a beneficial result where the three countries “win”.
The statement added: “Mexico will not negotiate NAFTA, nor any other aspect of the bilateral relationship, through social media or any other news platform.”
Hurricane Harvey was classed as Category 4 hurricane late on Friday evening, but has since been downgraded to a tropical storm.
It reached land on Friday evening, wrecking havoc along some of the state’s coastal towns and bringing devastating floods to many areas including Houston, the fourth-largest city in the US.
Rising water forced thousands of people on to their rooftops and higher ground, and overwhelmed rescuers have been struggling to keep up with constant calls for help.
Further downpours are expected in the coming days, and forecasters say a year’s worth of rain may have fallen by the end of the week.
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