comScore While Trump Insults Mexico, Tillerson Praises Their ‘Very Generous’ Offer of Harvey Aid

While Trump Insults Mexico, Tillerson Praises Their ‘Very Generous’ Offer of Harvey Aid

This afternoon, during a photo-op with Mexican Secretary of Foreign Relations Luis Videgaray Caso, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson took the opportunity to thank the Mexican government for its offer of disaster assistance to areas struck by Hurricane Harvey.

“It’s very generous for Mexico to offer to help in this very, very challenging time,” the Secretary of State said.

And in a press conference today speaking about the ongoing recovery efforts in the wake of the devastation from Hurricane Harvey, Texas Governor Greg Abbott (R) was asked about Mexico’s offer of help. The conservative governor, who has previously (and falsely) claimed ISIS was running through the US-Mexican border, announced that he would accept the assistance.

“I have and we are,” Abbott told the reporter. “And we have, I don’t have with me here, we have a list of aid and assistance that they have offered to provide that we are accepting. I don’t have the list, but I can tell you loosely, it involves things like vehicles and boats and supplies and food.”

Meanwhile, just a few days ago, President Donald Trump sent this tweet out about Mexico, while Harvey was battering Texas:

And on the same day, indicated that he may want to terminate a trade deal with the country:

Furthermore, with Mexico’s offer of assistance on the table, Trump went to Missouri to deliver a speech on tax reform and took the opportunity to take a swipe at America’s neighbor, stating that “Mexico is not happy” that he’s looking to renegotiate NAFTA.

“We’re working right now on NAFTA. The horrible, terrible NAFTA deal that took so much business out of your state and out of your cities and towns. And we’re working on it, let’s see what happens,” POTUS added.

So, yeah, I think it’d be fair to say it’s a bit ironic that Trump’s SoS and a Trump-supporting governor are going out of their way to praise and thank Mexico for its help, especially as the president himself continues to take potshots at the country.

You can watch the videos of Tillerson and Abbott above, via the State Department and CNN.

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