Trump Still Hasn't Responded To Mexico's Offer Of Hurricane Harvey Relief

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President Donald Trump gives a thumbs-up as he walks toward the Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House prior to a departure, on August 25. Alex Wong/Getty Images

President Donald Trump has not yet responded to Mexico’s offer of help to those in Texas suffering the effects of flooding following Hurricane Harvey.

The U.S.’s southern neighbor has previously provided assistance during natural disasters, offering its support following Hurricane Katrina, which devastated New Orleans in 2005.

Mexico’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement: “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."

Thousands of people have been displaced from their homes following flooding caused by the storm, which has left 15 people dead and others trapped in their homes by rising floodwater.

The timing of Mexico’s offer to provide help to Texas came following a series of attacks on the country from President Trump over the weekend.

Trump wrote in a series of tweets on Sunday: “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.”

“We are in the NAFTA (worst trade deal ever made) renegotiation process with Mexico & Canada. Both being very difficult, may have to terminate?”

However, Mexico responded by offering assistance to the U.S. and then reiterating it would not be paying for a border wall.

“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,” it’s statement said.

“This statement is not part of a Mexican negotiating strategy, but rather a principle of national sovereignty and dignity,” the statement added.

Despite the offer from Mexico, Trump has not issued a response nor commented on the offer on Twitter, and it is not clear whether the U.S. will accept Mexico’s help.

However, a White House spokesperson told The Hill: “The White House is grateful for the outpouring of support coming in from around the world. We are aware of Mexico's offer, and FEMA is coordinating with the State Department on the appropriate next steps."