Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto lashed out at President Trump in a 5-minute video statement Thursday afternoon, in his first public response since President Trump began speaking out this week about the caravan of Central Americans which Mexico has allowed to travel through their country, on their way to the U.S. border.
Trump had warned Mexico that if they didn’t stop that caravan, the NAFTA deal was completely off.
Wednesday, President Trump announced that he was authorizing the U.S. National Guard to be deployed to the border to assist Border Patrol agents.
The Washington Post reported: Mexico’s Senate on Wednesday unanimously approved a nonbinding resolution that urged the government to end cooperation with the United States on illegal immigration and drug trafficking because of Trump’s plans to deploy National Guard troops.
Peña Nieto said in his video statement:
President Trump: if you wish to reach agreements with Mexico, we stand ready, as we have proved until now, always willing to engage in a dialogue, acting in earnestness, in good faith and in a constructive spirit.
If your recent statements are the result of frustration due to domestic policy issues, to your laws or to your Congress, it is to them that you should turn to, not to Mexicans.
We will not allow negative rhetoric to define our actions. We will only act in the best interest of Mexicans.
Paraphrasing the words of a great President of the United States of America: we will have no fear to negotiate, but we will never negotiate out of fear.
We are convinced that, by coming to agreements as friends, partners and good neighbors, both countries will fare better than if we confront each other. We stand ready to negotiate, certainly, but always based on mutual respect.
Something that brings together and unites absolutely all Mexicans is our certainty that nothing and no one stands above the dignity of Mexico.
CLICK HERE to read his full statement, translated into English.
AP: Mexican senators are urging President Enrique Pena Nieto to temporarily suspend cooperation with the U.S. on immigration & security issues, responding to angry tweets from President Donald Trump about their country. The nonbinding statement was approved unanimously Wednesday
— Evan Rosenfeld (@Evan_Rosenfeld) April 5, 2018
Something that brings together and unites absolutely all Mexicans is our certainty that nothing and no one stands above the dignity of Mexico. pic.twitter.com/4eZIIUjM9a
— Enrique Peña Nieto (@EPN) April 5, 2018