Tillerson praises Mexico’s generosity in offering Harvey aid
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.