Mexico vs. Donald Trump

Would a Trump presidency result in a fractured relationship between the USA and Mexico? Some Mexican government officials think so.

From Reuters:

“A Mexican senator is proposing legislation to empower the government to retaliate if a U.S. administration led by Donald Trump inflicts expropriations or economic losses on his country to make it pay for a border wall.

Republican presidential nominee Trump has vowed to have Mexico fund the planned wall to keep out illegal immigrants if he is elected, and threatened to fund it by blocking remittances sent home by Mexicans living in the United States.

Armando Rios Piter, an opposition senator for the center-left Party of the Democratic Revolution (PRD), will next week present the initiative he hopes will protect Mexicans, and highlight the risks of targeting them economically.”

Then there is this from the Los Angeles Times:

“Reversing more diplomatic tone he set during a joint appearance with Donald Trump in the Mexican capital, President Enrique Peña Nieto called the Republican presidential candidate’s ideas a “threat to the future of Mexico.”

. . . Peña Nieto said Trump’s proposal to end free trade agreements and deport millions of immigrants are a danger to Mexico. “Imagine what that represents, and tell me it is not a risk to Mexico,” he said.”

The Mexican president has a point about Trump’s threat to free trade. The job of the POTUS is to honor the treaties and trade agreements that the USA has with other nations. It would be wrong for the POTUS to try to change such treaties and trade agreements by presidential fiat.

The Hill reports, “Alienating Mexico City could easily lead to minor conflict on lower-profile areas on which the two countries interact, such as fishing rights, water use and sharing of intelligence.”

The U.S. government needs all of the intelligence that it can get. The U.S. government might not get it with a Trump presidency.

This writer will leave it to you the Reader to interpret that last sentence.

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