Trump Just Gave The Worst Excuse For Not Calling Mexico After Their Natural Disasters

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While the United States was dealing with a slew of devastating hurricanes, Mexico grappled with their own onslaught of natural disasters. In the aftermath of the Category 1 Hurricane Katia, an 8.2 magnitude earthquake, and an ensuing tsunami, Trump failed to offer condolences on behalf of the United States for three days. On Twitter, he finally gave an embarrassing excuse for the wait.

Between Mexico’s three simultaneous natural disasters, over 100 people were killed. While the United States traditionally offers its condolences to our allies after any tragedy of this magnitude, Trump remained silent for days, citing a worse excuse than a teenager avoiding his parents.

After Hurricane Harvey struck Texas, in what FEMA Director William “Brock” Long called the “worst disaster in Texas history,” Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto immediately offered to send food, water, generators, medical aid and personnel to the Lone Star State “as good neighbors should always so in trying times.”

“The Mexican government takes this opportunity to express its full solidarity with the people and government of the United States for the damages caused by Hurricane Harvey in Texas, and express that we have offered the US government help and cooperation to be provided by different Mexican government agencies to deal with the impacts of this natural disaster — as good neighbors should always do in difficult times,” Nieto’s statement read.

Trump, for his part, ignored Mexico’s generous offer. Instead, he took to Twitter in the immediate aftermath of the storm to threaten to pull out of NAFTA, of which Mexico is a part, and to erect the highly unpopular border wall, again promising to have Mexico pay for it.

While our blowhard president continues to distance the United States from our allies, our citizens – especially those in need – are suffering the consequences of his petulant rhetoric. And no tepid excuse six days after the fact is going to redeem him.

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Brian Tyler Cohen

Brian Tyler Cohen is a political writer, actor, and comedy sketch director. He graduated from Lehigh University with a dual degree in English and Business. He currently lives in Los Angeles.


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