by Countable | 9.1.17
Despite White House calls for a border wall and a renegotiation of NAFTA, Mexico and Canada have offered to help in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. Do those offers change the conversation regarding border security and trade relations? Should they?
Following both Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and the BP Oil Spill in 2010 the U.S. received over 150 offers of aid from countries around the world. So far, following Hurricane Harvey, the U.S. had only accepted aid from Mexico and Canada.
The only other offers have come in the form of cash aid from Taiwan and Venezuela. There are no reports whether the administration will accept those offers.
The president has repeatedly antagonized Mexico regarding the border wall via his Twitter feed, insisting that our southern neighbor will, and should, "pay for the wall". He has also accused the country of sending “drug dealers” and “rapists” to the United States. In contrast, following the offer of assistance from Mexico, Secretary of State Tillerson expressed appreciation for Mexico’s “generosity”:
"I want to thank the Mexican government for its offer of assistance to the state of Texas. They have offered a wide range of assistance, coordinating with the governor down in Texas and also through FEMA. It was very generous of Mexico to offer their help at a very, very challenging time for our citizens…"
Despite significant policy differences regarding trade, immigration, and climate change, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and President Trump have maintained a more cordial relationship. Still, NAFTA negotiations are expected to be complicated by the president’s "America First" agenda, which historically involves opposition to multilateral trade deals.
Does the offer of aid following Hurricane Harvey from Mexico and Canada change the conversation around the border wall or NAFTA? Should it?
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— Asha Sanaker
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Thank you, Mexico and Canada. The citizens of America will be there for you when needed, despite the govt. Have faith, we'll be back.
This is what true leadership looks like. Thank you Canada and Mexico.
Fortunately, Mexico and Canada understand the need for working together for everyone's best interests. It is only DT and his arrested selfish view of how to treat neighbors!
There should never have been a conversation about a wall. We should be humbled and grateful for the adult and humane response from our neighbors in our time of need.
That's because they aren't being led by children
The Big Boys step up leaving the minors in the dust
We're in very sad place with this Administration.
Despite Trump's deprived policies Canada and Mexico are humanitarian. If the circumstances were reversed I hope US citizens would not be hindered or reluctant to provide aide.
As a citizen of the United States and resident of the devastated state of Texas, I thank all states and other countries for their selfless assistance. Thank You!
Because Mexico and Canada see the people in need before Trump BS!i would only pray that Americans would do the same for our neighbors but current administration gives me serious doubts. Thankfully for America our neighbors to north and south are bigger then the child we elected
We share the same part of the planet, we may fight like siblings but as we share borders, large disasters of any kind will impact all of us. We need to come together over important events and issues. Thank you, both North and South of the Border.
They actually care about us meaning their is no walk needed and we should have open borders between Canada and Mexico.
Since I am fully expecting the republicans to do everything possible to limit aid to Harvey victims, I am saddened that trump is so racist that he wouldn't accept aid from Mexico and too jealous of the prime minister of Canada that he refuses their help. Our president is a spoiled, belligerent child!
The acceptance of aid at times of disaster shouldn't necessarily direct policy, but it certainly should direct tone and optics, and a commitment to a mutually successful and beneficial negotiation, especially with our neighbors and allies. Something I fear is beyond the ken of 45.
A huge thank you to Mexico and Canada for doing what my own country won't do without partisan fighting and hatred. My entire family was in Houston and your willingness to help us survive despite the despicable things the president has been saying is greatly appreciated a huge thank you as well goes out to the local volunteers, neighbors helping neighbors, the churches with the exception of Lakewood and Joel Olsteen, the Great help of the Cajun Navy, the First responders, all of you saving animals and people and putting them over money. To think that other countries would help us despite our holier than thou attitudes is wonderful. Thank you.
The big man has a small brain!🏋🏼♀️🏋🏼♀️🏋🏼♀️🏋🏼♀️🏋🏼♀️🏋🏼♀️🏋🏽🏋🏼♀️🏋🏼♀️🏋🏽
Please thank both Mexico and Canada for being good neighbors. Their actions speak volumes
Our neighbors are good people Stop this administration from treating them with such vile hatred They've always had our backs Thank them accept their help The universe help those that help themselves Work together as one
Mexico and Canada are our closest neighbors and we need to thank them for offering to help not treat them as enemies. Tromp's polices against our neighbors are destructive and must be stopped by congress
Because that's what leaders do... bravo Canada and Mexico!