Wednesday, January 25, 2017



Pena Nieto reiterates Mexico will not pay for Trump's border wall
Published January 26, 2017

Mexico President Enrique Pena Nieto Wednesday condemned U.S. President Donald Trump's executive order to build a wall on the border betwen the two countries, and reiterated that his country will not pay for it.

"I regret and reject the decision of the U.S. to build the wall," Pena Nieto said in a nationally televised address.

Pena Nieto did not directly mention whether he would still make a planned trip to Washington on Jan. 31, but said he would await reports from the high-level team of Mexican officials currently meeting with Trump administration officials in Washington.
"Based on the final report from the Mexican officials who are in Washington right now ... I will make decisions about what to do next," he said.

After talking tough about the wall, he held out an olive branch, saying "Mexico re-affirms its friendship with the people of the United States, and its willingness to reach agreements with its government."

The decision to possibly rethink the visit comes amid growing outrage in Mexico, and a sense among many that Pena Nieto has been too weak in the face of Trump's tough policy stance.

The senior official, who was not authorized to discuss the matter publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity, told The Associated Press the administration "is considering" scrapping Pena Nieto's visit to the U.S. "That's what I can tell you."
It was not clear when a final decision may be made.

Trump's order came the same day Mexico's foreign relations and economy secretaries arrived in Washington, and its timing was seen by many in Mexico as a slap in the face.

Critics of Pena Nieto - whose approval ratings were just 12 percent in a recent survey, the lowest for any Mexican president in the polling era - have hammered him for his perceived weakness on Trump. Opposition politicians urged him Wednesday to call off the trip.

"The position is very clear," said Ricardo Anaya Cortes, president of the conservative opposition National Action Party. "Either one cancels the meeting with Donald Trump, or one attends it to say publicly and with absolute firmness that Mexico rejects the wall and we will not pay a single cent for it."

Trump has also promised to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement.

Analyst Jorge Zepeda Patterson argued that Pena Nieto should keep the meeting as scheduled, saying Mexico should exhaust all possibilities for negotiating to minimize damage. He said Pena Nieto should try to reach an agreement that's enough to let Trump claim victory and then move on to another foil.
"Trump is more interested in boasting of an immediate success than an ambitious result. He is interested in appearances," Zepeda said.

The U.S. president has also promised to step up deportations. He launched his campaign with remarks calling immigrants crossing in illegally from Mexico criminals, drug dealers and "rapists." Trump added that "some" were presumably good people, but the comments nonetheless deeply offended many Mexicans.

Pena Nieto was roundly criticized after inviting candidate Trump to Mexico City last August and disappointed many of his countrymen by not publicly confronting Trump on the wall.

On Tuesday, ahead of their trip to Washington, the economy and foreign relations secretaries suggested that Mexico could leave NAFTA if negotiations with Washington are unsatisfactory - though that would not be the first choice.

Already Mexico is feeling the effects of the new tone from Washington. The Mexican peso has sharply devalued since Trump was elected, and several high-profile business ventures have been canceled amid threats to impose a border tax on goods made in Mexico and exported to the United States.


Note: "because Mexico does not believe in the walls". Will come as a surprise to those who have lived there. "Respect" seems to be a one way street.

Peña Nieto laments and rejects US decision to build wall
OEM Online
Wednesday, January 25, 2017 in Mexico
With information from Carlos Lara


President Enrique Peña Nieto lamented and disapproved of the United States decision on the construction of the border wall.

He ordered the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (SRE) to strengthen measures to protect nationals. "The 50 consulates will become authentic advocates for migrant rights. The government will provide legal advice to ensure their protection, "he said.

He emphasized that the decision of the United States "far from joining us, divides us because Mexico does not believe in the walls". He also insisted that our country will not pay for its construction.

He said that Donald Trump's executive orders also come at a time when "our country is initiating talks to negotiate new rules of cooperation, trade, investment, security and migration in the North American region."

The Chief Executive said that this negotiation is very important for the strength, certainty and future of our economy and our society.

"As President I fully assume the responsibility of defending and caring for the interests of Mexicans, it is my duty to face problems and face challenges.

"Based on a report by Mexican officials that at the moment is Washington, representation of the House of Senators and the National Conference of Governors (Conago) I will have to make decisions about the steps to follow; Mexico offers and demands respect as the fully sovereign nation we are. "
He also endorsed his friendship with the people of the United States and the will to reach agreements with his government that are in favor of the Mexicans.

Peña Nieto issued this message, hours after negotiators Luis Videgaray Caso, secretary of Foreign Affairs and Ildefonso Guajardo Villarreal, Secretary of Economy, held a dialogue with the envoys of the US president.

A message for all Mexicans:

US President Donald Trump said he felt very happy, "like millions of Americans," for the next construction of the wall on the Mexican border, which will begin "immediately" after signing executive migration orders that "will save thousands of lives and millions of dollars. "

After this action, Mexican politicians asked Peña Nieto to cancel his visit to Washington next January 31 "without the necessary conditions of a respectful treatment."




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