Mexico’s President Enrique Pena Nieto has decided that his country will take a “broad approach” when it sits down with President-elect Donald Trump.
On Wednesday, the Mexican government made it clear that all issues, from wall security and immigrant migration to trade deals, are “wide open” for negotiation when they sit down with the Trump administration.
President Pena Nieto said in a speech to diplomats, “All the issues that define our bilateral relationship are on the table, including security, migration, and trade.”
U.S. President-elect Donald Trump has threatened to tear up NAFTA, the present trade agreement, which will decimate Mexico’s economy unless a renegotiation that will benefit the United States can be hashed out.
President Enrique Pena Nieto stated that Mexico would take a broad approach to the talks, seeking a deal that would benefit both Mexico and its neighbor, in an attempt to stop what would surely cause imminent and negative economic repercussions to Mexico.
Reuters reported last month that “Mexico’s government aimed to use security and migration to gain leverage over the United States in its talks with Trump, and could offer to reinforce its borders to get a better deal on trade.”
Mexico recently named former finance minister Luis Videgaray to be its new foreign minister. Videgaray will be involved in negotiations with Trump on behalf of the Mexican people.
On Wednesday, President-elect Donald Trump said at a press conference that he would soon be speaking with Mexico on building a border wall to keep out illegal immigrants, and reiterated how he is going to make Mexico reimburse the United States for the construction costs.
President Pena Nieto has said Mexico would invest in a more secure border but has also stated repeated that it would not pay for Trump’s wall.
It is Mexican President Pena Nieto’s opinion that the U.S. government is just as responsible for the migrants seeking to reach the United States as is Mexico, and hopes that together the two can work to stop the “illegal weapons and illicit funds that helped finance organized crime in Mexico.”
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