Mexico offers to help Hurricane Harvey victims in Texas
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Mexico's government is reaching out to the U.S. to offer help for the victims of Hurricane Harvey in Texas.

Mexican Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray spoke with Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) by phone Sunday evening to offer aid "as good neighbors should always do in trying times," the Dallas Morning News reported.

"As we have done in the past, Mexico stands with Texas in this difficult moment," said Carlos Gonzalez Gutierrez, the Mexican consul general in Austin.

"The government of Mexico takes this opportunity to express its full solidarity with the people and government of the United States for the damages caused by Hurricane Harvey in Texas," the Mexican Secretariat of Foreign Affairs said in a statement.

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Houston got 25 inches of rain over the weekend from the storm, with much more still expected. Harvey has caused massive deadly flooding and mass evacuations.

Mexico offered similar help in 2005 when Hurricane Katrina ravaged New Orleans, sending troops, food, medicine and water. 

Amid reports of the damage, President Trump on Sunday morning attacked Mexico by Twitter, insisting they will pay for his proposed border wall and accusing the nation of being "very difficult" in NAFTA renegotiations.

 

Mexican officials responded, saying that the country would not pay for the wall as “a principle of national sovereignty and dignity.” Mexico also said it would not renegotiate a trade deal through social media.

The country also pushed back on Trump’s accusation of violence in the country, saying that it would “only end if its root causes are addressed: high demand for drugs in the United States and supply from Mexico (and other countries).”