In the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey’s devastating effects on Texas, Mexico released a statement offering disaster relief aid.
“The Mexican government … expresses that it has offered to provide help and cooperation to the U.S. government in order to deal with the impact of this natural disaster — as good neighbors should always do in trying times.”
The Trump administration, however, has stubbornly refused to accept the offer even as Texas struggles to regain its footing in what the FEMA Director, William “Brock” Long, has called the “worst disaster the state’s seen.”
“If a need for assistance does arise, we will work with our partners, including Mexico, to determine the best way forward,” read a statement from White House and State Department officials.
“Our offering is open and permanent,” said Carlos Sada Solana, Mexico’s foreign undersecretary for North America, in response.
The generous offer came on the heels of Trump’s unprovoked attack on Mexico in an unhinged tweetstorm while the worst of hurricane was bearing down on southeastern Texas.
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, in a move both classy and stern, quickly issued their response.
In statement, Mexican Foreign Ministry says it has offered help in Harvey response "as good neighbors should always do in trying times." pic.twitter.com/Cfu8znIne4
— NBC News (@NBCNews) August 27, 2017
Mexico’s offer is reminiscent of their relief efforts in 2005 following Hurricane Katrina, the costliest storm in American history. Despite then-President George W. Bush bungled response to the hurricane, he did allow 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 too proud to accept help from a willing ally, he is only hurting those in dire need of lifesaving aid. It seems that Trump’s verbosity is only limited to his bellicose rhetoric.
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.