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Mexico’s New Foreign Minister Slams Trump’s Wall In His Face

Mexico’s foreign Minister reiterates their position on Trump’s wall

Mexico’s newly appointed Foreign Minister, Luis Videgaray, said on Tuesday that there is absolutely no way Mexico would ever pay for the wall that president-elect Donald Trump has been promising his followers and threatening America’s southern neighbor with. This comment comes after Donald Trump declared that even though the wall will be paid with State funding, Mexico would repay the U.S. for it. According to Reuters, Videgaray said in a speech on Mexican television:

“There’s no way that could happen. There are no circumstances…not even the best possible trade deal, investments, support which would justify taking a step that would violate the dignity of Mexicans to such an extent.”

Trump’s idea of a wall has been rejected by the Mexican government, including President Enrique Peña Nieto, and strongly criticized also by Mexican former president Vicente Fox. Just a few days ago, the later slammed Trump’s wall with just one epic line. This time Luis Videgaray made sure to begin his duties as Foreign Minister by leaving no doubt about the fact that Mexico will have nothing to do with Trump’s wall.

Videgaray, former Secretary of Finance, had to leave that position after the Mexican people reacted with extreme anger to Trump’s visit to Mexico before the presidential elections; a visit that was orchestrated by Videgaray himself. During the visit, according to officials Videgaray also had a series of informal talks with Trump’s transition team, including his son-in-law Jared Kushner. In fact, during Videgaray’s appointment President Peña Nieto states that his changes in team aimed at engaging the new Foreign Minister in closer relations to the coming U.S. President.

“With the change of government in the United States on 20 January, the instructions for secretary Videgaray is to accelerate dialogue and contacts so that from the first day the bases for building a constructive work relationship can be established. It should be a relationship, which will allow us to strengthen bilateral ties in security, immigration, commerce and investment.”

The relationship between the new Foreign Minister and Trump may be even considered one of friendship, reason why Peña Nieto decided to appoint him just a few days before the Presidential change in the U.S. In addition, according to Business Insider, Trump also holds high regard for Videgaray. However, no friendship will change the fact that Mexico will neither pay for Trump’s wall, nor repay the U.S. Congress for it, nor will it ever accept the idea of the wall itself.

 

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From Mexico City, Carolina has lived in five different countries, experiences she defines as the most enriching. She has focused her studies and work on international conflicts and international security issues, diplomacy and protocol. Carolina holds two MA degrees and hopes to begin her PhD studies soon.