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USA/Mexico: The Dawn of Twitter Diplomacy

The President of Mexico was scheduled to meet with President Trump next week, but the meeting was cancelled after Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto stated he would not be paying for a border wall to be erected between Mexico and the United States. The border wall has been a cornerstone of Trump’s campaign for months, and this clash with Mexico was almost guaranteed to happen at some point.

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CNBC reports on the new era of twitter diplomacy:

Pena Nieto was expected to visit the U.S. next week to discuss immigration and trade issues, and Mexican officials have been meeting with the Trump administration ahead of time. Though Trump seemed to make conciliatory comments about Mexico on Wednesday, the president reversed that sentiment by tweeting Thursdaythat the meeting should be canceled if Mexico won’t agree to pay for the wall.

The Mexican president tweeted back, in Spanish, that he informed the White House that he would not be attending the meeting. White House spokesman Sean Spicer later said that the wall could be paid for with a 20 percent tax on all imports from Mexico, but the White House later backtracked and said the 20 percent tax was just an example of what could be done.

Here are the tweets which started the confrontation:

To which Nieto eventually responded with this:

Roughly translated:

This morning we have informed the White House that I will not attend the meeting scheduled for next Tuesday with the @POTUS.

Apparently there had been several high level meetings between Trump administration officials and individuals from within the Mexican government, and those meetings will continue. This visit next week would have marked the first formal meeting between the two Presidents since Donald Trump’s inauguration last week.

As a result of the cancellation, the Mexican Peso took a hit, according to CNBC:

Twitter diplomacy just ripped the Mexican peso, again.

At its low, the currency was down more than a percent against the U.S. dollar after Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto canceled a meeting with President Donald Trump, in a dispute over Trump’s border wall. It later reversed some of the losses.

Mexico certainly needs the United States as a trading partner and an economic partner, there’s no question about that. Nieto is stuck with some low approval ratings in Mexico, and capitulating to Trump on this matter would probably send that even lower. At this point, it’s a matter of national pride that Mexico continues standing up to Trump’s continued claim that our southern neighbor will pay for the border wall.

If you recall, Trump and Nieto did meet back in August of last year, so the two men do have somewhat of a working relationship.

Nate Ashworth :Nate Ashworth is the Founder and Senior Editor of Election Central. He's been blogging elections and politics for almost a decade. He started covering the 2008 Presidential Election which turned into a full-time political blog in 2012 and 2016.

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  • I suppose the president of Mexico will have to figure out what is better for his country. Is it NATIONAL PRIDE or is it a $60 Billion trade surplus with the US? Being proud of your country is admirable but in this case foolish. This reminds me of the old saying 'CUTTING OFF YOUR NOSE TO SPITE YOUR FACE'.??

    From an observers point of view I have to wonder, if Mexico is such a paradise why are so many Mexican nationals fleeing Mexico and illegally living in the US??

  • Who would have thought the Mexican president had a tweeter account? But President Nieto tweeted back to Trump’s threat “: “I repeat what I said personally, Mr. Trump: Mexico would never pay for a wall.”
    While Trump is threatening a 20% import tax or other reprisals, he would do well to remember the American companies who make products in Mexico that are brought back to be sold in the United States will include the markup of 20% in their American consumer’s price tag. This is just a few of the companies operating in Mexico.
    Industrials: General Electric, 3M, Honeywell, FedEx, Delta Airlines, ...
    Financial: JP Morgan, Citibank, American Express, Metlife, Morgan Stanley, ...
    Healthcare: J&J, Pfizer, Merck, ...
    Discretionary: Amazon, Home Depot, McDonalds, Starbucks, Ford, ...
    Staples: Procter & Gamble, Coca-Cola, Phillip-Morris, Walmart, Pepsico, ...
    Materials: Dow, Dupont, Monstanto, Ecolab, Sherwin Williams, ...
    Technology: Apple, Microsoft, Google, Intel, Cisco, AT&T
    The products of these companies are made in Mexico by cheap Mexican labor and sold in America at prime market prices.

    • NAFTA screwed us big time. Thanks for pointing that out.
      Yes, the corporations had slave labor wages, no OSHA EPA FDA USDA regulations... ???

        • You are mistaken. If we rolled back the regulations back say 10 years it is a much better then Mexico, China, Indonesia, and plenty of other countries. For example the incandescent light bulb, that was to be phased out by Obama's policy...
          http://www.bulbs.com/learning/phaseoutschedule.aspx
          http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2013/12/31/end-road-for-incandescent-light-bulb.html
          I never understood why they pushed regulation on this. At the time we were advancing already on CFL and LED lighting. People were already buying these light bulbs because of the longer life cycle and cost savings. So why ban the incandescent? It was used in the rural communities and pet shelters as a great lighting and heat source. I knew many people that have stocked up on these. We are asking President Trump to get rid of this regulation. :)
          Our world is always inventing and growing, not because of forced regulations but a need to make things safer, faster, efficient, and easier. Overreaching of the government hurts our inventors and closes the door to possibilities at times.
          that was only one very small regulation he had passed.

          For all you Bernie supporters (who I have slightly more respect for). Bernie was a strong opponent of TPP and NAFTA. He was actually like President Trump in that regard. I hope you all follow his lead and be happy.

  • The“North American Accord” was first proposed by the Republican Ronald Reagan in 1979, a year before he was elected president. A decade later, his Republican successor, George H.W. Bush negotiated the final agreement with Mexico and Canada. William J Clinton, his democratic successor, surrounded himself with economic advisers from Wall Street, and in his first year pushed the approval of NAFTA through Congress. NAFTA failed to require a minimum wage, ban workplace discrimination, protect the right to form a union and bargain collectively, or prohibit child and forced labor. After the NAFTA defeat, unions went on to lose many things that they protected, like health care reform and labor law changes that would ease organizing. In 2015 and 2016, labor has plenty to worry about, including another package of labor law reforms, a robust infrastructure bill, and immigration reform. Trump continues to flipflop on minimum wages. His past business history is littered with lawsuits where he refused to pay overtime wages explains why.

      • Of course, I read the Washington Post. I am an admirer of Jeff Bezos and the fact that his newspaper defends free speech and uncensored journalism.
        What makes you feel so compelled to deal with the Washington Post and my posts? I am an avid reader of many publications and even Google News. If you were trying to make me feel uncomfortable, you pressed the wrong button. My post was not addressed to you so try to move on.

        • It is fake news, biased, and lies that you repeat. If you really want to keep repeating thst publication then I will keep on correcting you. It is a free country after all.

          • Yes, Angelica, this is a free country and that is what also gives me the right to have an opinion. Calling everything “fake news” that does not fit your thinking pattern, or attaching it to any report that bothers you, indicates you have lost touch with reality. It proves you are unfamiliar with the first amendment.

            Now, let’s talk about lies. At this moment, Donald Trump Trump has an affinity for that line of communication. His repeated use of social media—where his posts and tweets and lies are not fact-checked—has set civil discourse into a downward trend.

            About biased. Aren’t we all? Including you. Biase is simply preferring one person, thing, or idea to another. One is either biased against, towards, or in favour of. Whichever route we select is our constitutional right. So, lighten up.

          • I know lies "fake" news is protected by the first amendment. The problem is that you BELIEVE it to be TRUE.
            I think that you are trying. Just try harder. Double check the people who you seem to trust.

          • Angelia, you would do well to heed your own advice. President Trump and his cabinet, specifically his choice for White House’s national security adviser Michael Flynn, are the biggest promoters of fake news. Kellyanne Conway Conway uses terms like "fake news" and "alternative facts" regularly to obscure the truth. On Meet the Press(Jan. 22) Conway said that White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer lying about the crowd size at the inauguration was just him presenting an "alternative fact." This is fake news in it’s worst phase, yet it has the approval of the president of the United States.
            I know advice is free but try to stay on subject.

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