WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama and Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto declared the value of the US-Mexico relationship Friday, promoting the advantages of trade and relationship in an election year that has in some cases stressed out that alliance.
In a press conference with Pena Nieto at the White House, Obama stated trade with Mexico inspires essential financial investment and tasks to the United States. He stated the United States offers more to Mexico than to China, India and Russia integrated.
Obama stated he has actually worked to deepen the relationship throughout his presidency.
“We’re not simply tactical and financial partners, we’re likewise next-door neighbors and we’re good friends,” Obama stated.
The press conference came the early morning after the closing of the Republican National Convention and a speech by GOP candidate Donald Trump, whose needs that Mexico spend for a U.S. border wall and descriptions of Mexican immigrants as rapists and lawbreakers has actually angered the nearby nation.
Pena Nieto stated an excellent relationship with the United States is “vital” for his nation and stated he anticipates a “frank, open discussion” with whomever is chosen. Pena Nieto prevented concerns about the wall, however has formerly stated that Mexico will not spend for the wall Trump proposes.
The 2 males likewise supporteded the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade contract that both nations have actually signed on to, stating it would make the relationship in between their nations even more powerful. They stated they have actually discovered from the two-decade-old North American Free Trade Agreement, which Trump has actually greatly slammed.
Obama stated the international economy is a reality, and “we’re not going to have the ability to construct a wall around that.”
The see comes less than a month after Pena Nieto and Obama fulfilled in Canada throughout a top of North America’s leaders. Obama’s conferences with going to foreign leaders are normally revealed weeks beforehand, however this see was revealed simply recently.
The White House shook off recommendations that the see was timed to highlight distinctions in between Democrats and Republicans, especially on mindsets towards Latinos.
“I believe it’s reasonable to state that nearly anything that President Obama did on Friday would be considered as a sharp contrast to the program that’s being advanced by the opposite,” stated White House press secretary Josh Earnest. “But in this case, it’s been a while given that the president has actually hosted the president of Mexico here at the White House.”
Trump has likewise stated Mexican immigrants “have great deals of issues” when they pertain to the United States “they’re inspiring drugs. They’re inspiring criminal activity. They’re rapists. And some, I presume, are great individuals.”