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Mexico Withdraws Offer Of Hurricane Harvey Aid After Receiving The Silent Treatment From Donald Trump

Mexico’s government has rescinded its offer to provide aid to Texans affected by Hurricane Harvey, the country’s foreign ministry announced Monday.

Mexico had previously offered to provide food, water, boats and a long list of other items after scores of people were displaced from their homes in Houston and other parts of southeastern Texas due to the rise of floodwaters.

Since offering the aid last month, Mexico has sustained serious damage from Hurricane Katia and from a major earthquake, neither of which Donald Trump has acknowledged.

As a result of Katia and the earthquake, “the Mexican government will channel all available logistical support to serve the families and communities affected in the national territory,” the foreign ministry announced.

The ministry’s statement also took subtle aim at the U.S. government’s lackluster communications with Mexico, noting that it took the U.S. nine days to respond to Mexico’s offer of aid after Hurricane Harvey and that the U.S. had declined all but some logistical support from Mexico.

The ministry noted, according to CNBC, that the U.S. embassy took nine days to respond to Mexico’s offer before accepting “only certain logistical aid.”

Mexico offered the olive branch during a time of tension for the U.S.-Mexico relationship, as Trump repeatedly promises to have Mexico pay for construction of a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border and has vowed a crackdown on immigration.

Nicole James
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Nicole James is a lifelong Democrat and political activist who first cut her teeth as a teenager volunteering for Mike Dukakis’ presidential campaign. She has worked and volunteered for John Kerry, Hillary Clinton, HFA (Hillary For America) and Organizing For Action. She’s passionate about liberal and progressive causes, and considers President Obama her most favorite president ever. She holds her Bachelor’s from Boston College and her Master’s from Columbia University, both in Economics. When not working as a writer, she enjoys traveling and spending time with her three teenagers.

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