As Trump Attacks Mexico on Twitter, It Offers to Be a 'Good Neighbor' and Help Texas After Hurricane Harvey

The Mexican government has once again made it abundantly clear it will not pay for a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, despite President Donald Trump's claims to the contrary. 

While it won't be providing funding for Trump's desired wall, America's southern neighbor did say it would offer whatever assistance it can as Texas and other states deal with Tropical Storm Harvey. 

In a statement released Sunday, Mexico’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said, "As the Mexican government has always stated, our country will not pay, under any circumstances, for a wall or physical barrier built on U.S. territory along the Mexican border. This statement is not part of a Mexican negotiating strategy, but rather a principle of national sovereignty and dignity."

This statement came not long after a tweet in which Trump claimed Mexico would pay for the wall and described it as "one of the highest crime Nations in the world." 

Several minutes after this tweet, Trump sent another tweet, this time attacking Mexico (and Canada) on the issue of the North American Free Trade Agreement. 

While the Mexican government clearly took issue with Trump's assertions about who would pay for the wall, it also said, "The Mexican government takes this opportunity to express its full solidarity with the people and government of the United States as a result of the damages caused by Hurricane Harvey in Texas, and 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."

Even as Trump attacked and criticized Mexico on Twitter, it still felt inclined to offer Texas and the U.S. its support amid a natural disaster, but it's not clear whether Trump will accept this assistance. 

In a statement emailed to The Washington Post Sunday night, the U.S. State Department said, "It is common during hurricanes and other significant weather events for the U.S. Government to be in close contact with our neighbors and partners in the region to share data and cooperate as needed and appropriate. If a need for assistance does arise, we will work with our partners, including Mexico, to determine the best way forward."

This isn't the first time Mexico has offered to help Americans in need. In 2005, the Mexican military provided aid in Louisiana and Mississippi following Hurricane Katrina. Over three weeks, it served 170,000 meals, helped distribute more than 184,000 tons of supplies and conducted more than 500 medical consultations, the Post reported. The assistance Mexico provided helped save lives. 

Former Mexican President Vicente Fox, who led the country during Katrina (and who's been an outspoken critic of Trump), recalled in a tweet how his country assisted the U.S. in 2005 and asked whether Trump would "let Mexicans help this time."

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