Tiller­son praises Mex­ico’s gen­eros­ity in of­fer­ing Har­vey aid

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - WORLD -

WASH­ING­TON —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 neigh­bours 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 neigh­bour 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. neigh­bour. The lack of an im­me­di­ate U.S. ac­cep­tance of the help prompted spec­u­la­tion that the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion was snub­bing the neigh­bour that Trump once ac­cused of send­ing drugs, crim­i­nals and rapists into the U.S.

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