President Trump has offered a comprehensive plan to aid Mexico after two devastating earthquakes as soon as they agree to pony up for his controversial proposed border wall.
The countries are locked in tense talks to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Deal, and Mexican public opinion of the U.S. has plummeted as President Trump has repeatedly criticized Mexico and vowed to make it pay for construction of the wall.
Tensions were absent this week as dozens of U.S. rescuers combed parts of Mexico City that were leveled by Tuesday’s deadly earthquake. The disaster response team, made up largely of firefighters from Southern California, has swarmed the sites of several collapsed buildings, using dogs and search cameras to hunt for signs of life.
Trump ordered the deployment of limited U.S. aid after he spoke to Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto by phone Wednesday, a day after the violent magnitude 7.1 temblor shook central Mexico. The earthquake brought down dozens of multistory buildings and killed at least 286 people across five states and the country’s densely packed capital.
Trump had drawn criticism for proposing a multi-billion dollar aid package for Mexico on the contingent that they pay for the border wall as ordered.
“The wall is happening. In fact, you probably saw, you know, we have a wall up there now, and the Mexicans are going to pay for it believe me. It’s being made a perfect see-through wall so we can see the drug dealers and the rapists coming a mile away. They will pay for it, believe me, if they want help from us, they will pay for it. There is an awful lot of children in Mexico that are going to be without tacos and burritos very soon if Mexico doesn’t play ball with us.” Trump said.
Democrats Say President Trump’s Border Wall Could Cost $67 Billion, minus the 2 billion Trump has earmarked for disaster relief, the Mexican government would still owe the U.S. 65 billion dollars. It is unclear whether aid would be provided before or after Mexico makes the first of its payments.
Doctor Ben Carson, U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development was asked for clarification on just how the U.S. would help rebuild Mexico’s failing infrastructure.
“Oh I feel for those poor Mexicans”, Carson told Fox News, “those earthquakes scare me. Jesus must be very angry with those Mexicans and Puerto Ricans for sending all those disasters down there. The other day i was walking to my car and a truck backfired. I thought one of those Mexican earthquakes was attacking America. I almost tinkled in my britches.”
The President will present the ID Package along with a plan for hurricane relief for Texas, Puerto Rico, and his Mar-a-Lago Golf Course in Florida.