Category Archives: Diplomacy

Vacationing Americans chant “Build the wall”

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.

http://globalnews.ca/news/3323468/americans-build-the-wall-cancun/

Top U.S. drug official praises cooperation with Mexico

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.

http://www.latimes.com/politics/washington/la-na-essential-washington-updates-senior-u-s-drugs-official-praises-1488476833-htmlstory.html

Tillerson, Kelly hope to ease U.S.-Mexico tensions

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.

http://www.voanews.com/a/tillerson-kelly-hope-to-ease-us-mexico-tensions/3736425.html

Pope issues veiled rebuke of Trump’s border wall

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.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/pope-francis-rebuke-donald-trump-mexico-border-wall-us-president-catholic-church-chrisitian-a7570796.html

On first day, Tillerson calls Canada, Mexico

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.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-tillerson-idUSKBN15H2G0

Trump reportedly threatens to send troops to Mexico

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.”

http://www.businessinsider.com/trump-enrique-pena-nieto-mexico-phone-call-humiliating-threatening-2017-2

Trump tasks son-in-law with managing Mexico dispute

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.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/politics/ct-trump-kushner-diplomacy-20170128-story.html

Mexico’s weapons if Trump declares war on Nafta

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.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/24/business/economy/nafta-mexico-free-trade.html?_r=0

Economy minister says Mexico might leave Nafta if talks unfavorable

Mexico's Economy Secretary Ildefonso Guajardo Villarreal listens as Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto announces a plan to strengthen the economics for families on Jan. 9. (Carlos Jasso/Reuters)
Mexico’s Economy Secretary Ildefonso Guajardo Villarreal listens as Mexico’s President Enrique Pena Nieto announces a plan to strengthen the economics for families on Jan. 9. (Carlos Jasso/Reuters)

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.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trade-nafta-idUSKBN1581QF

Mexico makes new friends at Davos

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”.

http://www.bbc.com/news/business-38677103