Thursday, February 2, 2017

A critical, dangerous moment in US-Mexico relations

Just who is the "bad hombre" in this situation?
Journalist Laura Carlsen knows Mexico. When she speaks, I listen with respect. Her press release in the wake of reports of President Trump's recent phone call to Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto bears amplification. [I have added the emphasis and take responsibility for it.]

February 1, 2017
Mexico City, Mexico
The Americas Program of the Center for International Policy condemns and deplores the statements of President Donald Trump, reported by both U.S. and Mexican press, that "the United States doesn't need Mexicans or Mexico" and could send its armed forces into Mexico to control "bad hombres".
"In 30 years of tracking the binational relationship I have never witnessed a more critical and dangerous moment. Donald Trump's reckless statement that the US doesn't need its closest neighbor and third-largest trade partner is ludicrous beyond words and has caused a diplomatic crisis. His warning that he would send an invading army over the border is horrifying and places both the U.S. and the Mexican populations in grave danger," said Americas Program director, Laura Carlsen.
"The U.S. and Mexico has $584 billion dollars of cross border trade; U.S. consumers depend on Mexican exports: producers and the service industry employ Mexican labor and the cultural, social and political ties between the two nations run deep. We share a peaceful, prosperous and complexly intertwined border. To jeopardize that relationship for what appears to be a personal vendetta against an entire nation and its people is shockingly irresponsible." 

4 comments:

One Fly said...

It was obvious during the election process this horrible man was going to be just like this with most things he touches. The ones who can make change are not going to. The world is in grave danger and few care.

Barbara Mcpherson said...

I listened to an interview with a former Mexican M of Foreign Affairs and he was almost distraught at the damage done. He said that they had worked for years to tone down the hostility that the Mexican people held under the surface resulting from the Mexican/American wars. Many of us in Canada are also very wary of our cousins to the south, remembering the War of 1812 and Teddy R's attempt to annex much of Canada with the slogan 54'40" or fight. Putin must be giggling in his vodka.

Billie Greenwood said...

@OneFly--so great to hear from you. Yes, I, too, fear for our future. It's looking grim.

Billie Greenwood said...

@Barbara, thanks for the affirmation with specifics. Sorry for the damage to Canadian relations, too. The world is in an uproar and it's justified.