Whereas the President of the United States should have been focused on what the FEMA Director has called the “worst disaster in Texas history,” Trump took time today to threaten our neighbors to the south in a series of misguided and self-serving tweets.
With Mexico being one of the highest crime Nations in the world, we must have THE WALL. Mexico will pay for it through reimbursement/other.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 27, 2017
Mexico immediately responded with a classy yet definitive statement.
Mexico’s Foreign Ministry responds to President Trump's tweet: "Our country will not pay, under any circumstances, for a wall" pic.twitter.com/Ml8ovEzrlt
— NBC News (@NBCNews) August 27, 2017
In the aftermath of Katrina in 2005, despite then-President George W. Bush bungled response to the hurricane, he allowed Mexican troops to enter the United States. They offered housing, clothing, meals, and money in an extraordinary and unprecedented gesture of friendship.
According to The Washington Post:
The aid Mexico sent was no small thing — it was an extraordinary gesture, and it may have saved many lives. Marking the first time that Mexican troops had set foot on U.S. soil since the Mexican-American War in 1846, President Vicente Fox sent an army convoy and a naval vessel laden with food, water and medicine. By the end of their three-week operation in Louisiana and Mississippi, the Mexicans had served 170,000 meals, helped distribute more than 184,000 tons of supplies and conducted more than 500 medical consultations.
“Mexico and the United States are nations which are neighbors and friends which should always have solidarity in moments of difficulty,” Fox told NBC News at the time.
While Trump is busy beating his chest on Twitter, he has managed to alienate an ally that may have been able to once again offer lifesaving aid to a state in dire need of it.
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.