Tensions continue to escalate between the Mexican Government and the White House following a series of statements in reference to the country’s out-of-control violence and the payment for the border wall.
Mexico’s Foreign Relations Ministry (SRE) issued a statement claiming that “under no circumstance” the government is willing to pay for a wall or physical barrier. Mexico’s diplomats claimed that the payment has never been part of any negotiation, but it is a principle of national sovereignty.
In their statement, the SRE responded to a tweet by President Donald J. Trump where he pointed to Mexico’s escalating violence as being the most dangerous country in the world.
We need the Wall for the safety and security of our country. We need the Wall to help stop the massive inflow of drugs from Mexico, now rated the number one most dangerous country in the world. If there is no Wall, there is no Deal!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 18, 2018
The SRE claimed that according to 2014 U.N. statistics, there are other countries with worse crime rates. The Mexican diplomats claimed that the drug violence is a shared responsibility.
The response by the SRE does not address the recent labeling by the news freedom organization International Press Institute. In their most recent report, the group labeled Mexico as being the world’s most dangerous place for journalists, Breitbart Texas reported. The figures by the SRE also do not take into account the record-setting statistics that made 2017 one of the deadliest years since the government began record-keeping.
The SRE also noted that the negotiations for the North America Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) would not be carried out on social media or on the news.
Tony Aranda is a contributing writer for Breitbart Texas.
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