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Despite Trump Tensions Mexico & Canada Offer Hurricane Harvey Aid

by Countable | 9.1.17

What’s the story?

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?

Why does it matter?

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.

What do you think?

Does the offer of aid following Hurricane Harvey from Mexico and Canada change the conversation around the border wall or NAFTA? Should it?

Tell us what you think in the comments, then use the Take Action button to tell your reps!

— Asha Sanaker

(Photo Credit: White House Archives / Creative Commons)

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  • Sandy
    09/01/2017
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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.

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  • Marcelluswallus
    09/01/2017
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    It's weird seeing other countries function in ways that actually benefit PEOPLE and not WALLETS.

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  • Ticktock
    09/02/2017
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    The people of Mexico and Canada are smarter about politics in the US than those in Washington, D.C. They realize the the current government does not represent the majority of US citizens. They are showing us how we should be behaving, call it a compassionate gesture.

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  • Ruth
    09/01/2017
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    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!

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  • notorious
    09/01/2017
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    This is what true leadership looks like. Thank you Canada and Mexico.

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  • Andy1
    09/01/2017
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    That's because they aren't being led by children

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  • Carol
    09/02/2017
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    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.

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  • Carol
    09/02/2017
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    Thank you Mexico and Canada!! We love you in America and respect your Countries and will get rid of the heartless man child in the White House!!!

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  • Ed
    09/01/2017
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    The Big Boys step up leaving the minors in the dust

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  • Lawrence
    09/02/2017
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    We're in very sad place with this Administration.

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  • Jo
    09/02/2017
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    Shows what they are made of, unlike our current "leader".

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  • Darby
    09/01/2017
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    They actually care about us meaning their is no walk needed and we should have open borders between Canada and Mexico.

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  • Robin
    09/04/2017
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    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

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  • Pam
    09/03/2017
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    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!

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  • evelynpsims
    09/02/2017
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    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!

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  • Terri
    09/01/2017
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    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.

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  • GatewayJohn
    09/01/2017
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    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.

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  • Kodiwodi
    09/01/2017
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    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.

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  • Lori
    09/02/2017
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    Please thank both Mexico and Canada for being good neighbors. Their actions speak volumes

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  • Azrael
    09/02/2017
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    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

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