Global News – Anaximandro and Sully Amable were all set to enjoy a night watching a pirate show on a boat in the waters off of Cancun. That’s when some U.S. tourists aboard the ship started chanting “build the wall,” in a reference to U.S. President Donald Trump’s plan to build a wall along the U.S. border with Mexico. The chanting didn’t stop even after it clearly made Mexican workers and tourists aboard the ship uncomfortable.
Reuters – Mexican presidential hopeful Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has filed a complaint with the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights against U.S. President Donald Trump’s planned border wall and his administration’s treatment of immigrants.
LAT – A top U.S. drug official made a strong case Thursday for continued cooperation with Mexico on fighting drug-trafficking, saying successful law enforcement already has created a virtual wall. In a subtle dig at the Trump administration, William Brownfield, the State department’s senior diplomat involved in drug policy, said that despite a crisis drug epidemic, the United States and Mexico were in a better position than ever to combat it.
WSJ -Top U.S. officials arrived in Mexico last week for talks but found a defiant Mexican government refusing to accept President Donald Trump’s tougher immigration and deportation policies.
VoA – U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly met Thursday with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto and members of his cabinet, in what is expected to be the first in a series of high-level meetings focusing on drug trafficking, trade and immigration.
The two key members of President Donald Trump’s Cabinet were hoping to soothe concern and anger about the new U.S. administration’s policies toward Mexico.
Politico – U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will travel soon to Mexico City, an announcement that came following a meeting between Tillerson and his Mexican counterpart on Wednesday, the State Department announced.
Independent – Pope Francis has issued a thinly veiled rebuke of Donald Trump’s cornerstone policy to build a wall along the border with Mexico. The pontiff did not refer to the US President by name or directly mention his plan to build a fence along the border but instead emphasised the need to forge bridges rather than walls.
The Hill – House Democrats are moving to strengthen U.S.-Mexico ties amid tensions between President Trump and his Mexican counterpart. Reps. Eliot Engel (N.Y.), Albio Sires (N.J.) and Joaquin Castro (Texas) introduced a resolution “reaffirming a strong commitment” between the two nations.
Hurriyet -Turkey’s flag carrier Turkish Airlines is planning to launch direct flights to Mexico City in a move to improve access and relations between Mexico and Turkey, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Çavuşoğlu said.
U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called for unity and understanding on his first day at the State Department amid internal dissent over policies of President Donald Trump, which have also antagonized a range of allies. Within hours of starting the job, Tillerson reached out by phone to counterparts from Mexico and Canada, spoke by phone with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and met with German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel, department officials said.
Business Insider During a phone call with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto last Friday, US President Donald Trump disparaged Mexico and threatened to use military force against the drug trade. While both the White House and the Mexican president characterized the call as a “friendly,” Dolia Estevez, a journalist based in Washington, DC, said she “obtained confidential information” corroborating the content of the discussion.
“I don’t need the Mexicans. I don’t need Mexico,” Trump reportedly told the Mexican president. “We are going to build the wall and you all are going to pay for it, like it or not.”
RT – Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto has accepted an apology offered by the Israeli President who made amends following Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s ‘wall’s a great idea’ tweet that caused a misunderstanding and a diplomatic spat between the two nations.
NYPost – Peru and Colombia vowed to stand with Mexico as the country faces an uncertain economic future and grapples with a crisis with the United States just days into U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration.
Chicago Tribune – President Donald Trump shifted a jam-packed schedule Friday to make room for an hourlong phone call with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto. By the end of the conversation, Trump had tasked his son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner — a real estate executive with no national security experience — with managing the ongoing dispute.
DW – Mexico’s government rebuked Israel for a tweet by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in support of Trump’s plan to build a border wall to keep out illegal immigrants from Mexico.
NYT – How could Mexico inflict the most damage on the United States? In normal times this question would not be top of mind for Mexican policy makers. Mexican governments over the last quarter-century have consistently pushed back against the nation’s historical resentment toward the United States, hoping to build a more cooperative relationship with its overbearing northern neighbor.
But these aren’t normal times. As President Trump prepares the opening gambit in his project to either renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement or pull out, Mexico’s most important strategic goal is narrowing to one word: deterrence.
Al Jazeera – Ten heads of state and 33 foreign ministers gathered at the annual CELAC – the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States – summit in the Dominican Republic were already preparing to debate ways to confront a new regional reality.
By Veronica Gomez and Alexandra Alper / Reuters
Mexico could pull out of the North American Free Trade Agreement if a renegotiation of its terms does not benefit Latin America’s second largest economy, Economy Minister Ildefonso Guajardo said on Tuesday.
“There could be no other option. Go for something that is less than what we already have? It would not make sense to stay,” Guajardo said when asked on local television if Mexico could pull out of the trade deal with Canada and the United States.
U.S. President Donald Trump has vowed to withdraw from NAFTA, which took effect in 1994, if he cannot renegotiate it to benefit American interests.
Trump formally withdrew the United States from the Trans-Pacific Partnership on Monday and said he would renegotiate NAFTA “at the appropriate time.”
Senior U.S. and Mexican officials will meet this week in Washington to discuss trade, security and immigration. Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto and Trump will meet at the end of January.
BBC – It’s not every day you see a Mariachi band dressed in full regalia at an Alpine ski lodge. But Mexico Night at Davos is no ordinary event. An evening of tapas and tequila – this annual affair is organised by the government’s international trade body, ProMexico, to promote the country’s business interests at the World Economic Forum, and schmooze potential investors to the sound of “Besame Mucho”.
Reuters – The United States, Mexico and Cuba aim to sign an agreement determining territorial water limits before U.S. President-elect Donald Trump takes office on Jan. 20, three diplomatic officials familiar with the matter said.