Donald Trump’s disastrous trip to Mexico continues to get worse and worse returns as the days pass. Mexican Senator Armando Ríos Piter filed a bill which at first glance merely will ensure that America’s southern neighbor is never made to directly or indirectly finance the Republican nominee’s fictional border wall.
Sen. Piter’s aid Natasha Uren reached out to Occupy Democrats with a complete accounting of the finer points of the proposal which makes “full use of the foreign policy mandate given to the Mexican Senate by the Constitution,” and if Trump did break NAFTA and start a trade war, it would by law cause our neighbors to reconsider every treaty signed between our two nations – including those which ceded territory Texas and California as well as Arizona and New Mexico.
The bill establishes that, should the United States decide not to honor its obligations under the North American Free Trade Agreeement (NAFTA), the Mexican Senate would proceed to review all of the 75 treaties that Mexico has with its northern neighbor. These begin with the territories ceded by Mexico in 1848 and extend to security cooperation agreements since 2001.
The treaty to which Sen. Piter is referring to is the 1848 Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, which ended the Mexican-American War and gave the U.S. ownership of California and land that would eventually become New Mexico, most of Arizona, Nevada, Utah, and parts of Wyoming and Colorado.
Additionally, Mexico’s Finance Minister has already been forced to resign in a management shakeup clearly aimed at punishing him for suggesting that Donald Trump visit. Mexican Senator Armando Ríos Piter gave Occupy Democrats a lengthy comment on why he proposes such a harsh measure alongside his legal remedy to prevent Donald Trump from ever tampering with the finances or internal affairs the Mexican state:
President Enrique Peña Nieto’s invitation to Donald Trump to visit Mexico on the 31st of August, and the subsequent war of words between the candidate and the President, highlight the urgent need for Mexico to be clear about how it would respond to the aggressions stipulated by the Republican candidate. At the same time, Mr. Trump’s visit has generated an outpouring of indignation and anger on behalf of nearly all Mexicans.
Republican candidate for President, Donald J. Trump, has made a series of policy proposals that threaten the US-Mexico relationship. These include building a border wall and forcing Mexico to pay for it by confiscating remittances, as well as unilaterally revoking the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).
Both Senator Armando Ríos Piter and the Mexico Image Foundation, through its President, Agustín Barrios Gómez, in line with the large majority of the Mexican people, wholeheartedly believe that both of our country’s futures are intertwined and that North American economic integration is of great benefit for both countries. But, just like Mexican prosperity depends on the United States, American prosperity and national security depend directly on a strong and cooperative Mexico. Mr. Trump’s rhetoric ignores the profound consequences of changing the friendly and cooperative nature of the bilateral relationship, which is why the Mexico Image Foundation and the Mexican Senate are taking action.
This is the result of just a few hours of Trump diplomacy, a game in which the Republican seeks to offend the most nations, with the least to gain, and generally speaking make an ass out of himself on the world stage. It’s probably the end of the line for the Republican nominee’s dreadful “Mexico will pay for the wall” idea too, which is little more than thinly veiled racism.