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Tillerson Praises Mexico’s Generosity in Offering Harvey Aid, But Didn’t Say US Would Take It

The Associated Press
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August 30, 2017

How Trump’s Harvey response kept the focus on him (Washington Post)

Update: Mexico’s Red Cross Delivers Aid to Storm-Ravaged Houston (The Wire)

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson praised Mexico's generosity in offering help as the U.S. responds to Harvey, aiming Wednesday to defuse a potential sore point between two neighbors already sharply at odds over NAFTA and President Donald Trump's proposed border wall.

Since the former hurricane struck the U.S., America's southern neighbor has offered a "wide range" of help through both the Texas state government and the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Tillerson said. The U.S. hasn't formally responded to the offer to say whether it will accept it. But Tillerson, meeting with Mexico's top diplomat, said he wanted to thank the country nonetheless.

"It's very generous for Mexico to offer to help in this very, very challenging time," Tillerson said.

Mexico's diplomats have been promoting their offer through social media and in public statements, drawing an implicit contrast with Trump's more combative approach to the U.S. neighbor. The lack of an immediate U.S. acceptance of the help prompted speculation that the Trump administration was snubbing the neighbor that Trump once accused of sending drugs, criminals and rapists into the U.S.

...Mexico's Foreign Relations Secretary Luis Videgaray, in Washington for a previously scheduled meeting with Tillerson, said Mexico is "here to help."

"We are neighbors, we are friends," Videgaray said. "That's what friends do."

Read the rest at The Economic Times

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