House Dem resolution affirms US-Mexico ties

House Dem resolution affirms US-Mexico ties
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House Democrats are moving to strengthen U.S.-Mexico ties amid tensions between President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump conversation with foreign leader part of complaint that led to standoff between intel chief, Congress: report Pelosi: Lewandowski should have been held in contempt 'right then and there' Trump to withdraw FEMA chief nominee: report MORE and his Mexican counterpart.

Reps. Eliot EngelEliot Lance EngelHouse chairman reaches deal on classified briefing with Trump's Afghanistan negotiator Overnight Defense: Dems grill Trump Army, Air Force picks | House chair subpoenas Trump Afghanistan negotiator | Trump officials release military aid to Ukraine House chairman subpoenas Trump's Afghanistan negotiator MORE (N.Y.), Albio SiresAlbio B. SiresActivists push for tougher sanctions on Nicaragua's government Biden, Harris lead in 2020 endorsements New Jersey Dems tell Pentagon not to use military funds for border wall MORE (N.J.) and Joaquin CastroJoaquin CastroRNC reports record .5 million fundraising haul for August Hispanic Democrats announce 'Latina Prosperity Principles' It's legal to tweet the names of all of Trump's donors, but it's probably not a good idea MORE (Texas) introduced a resolution on Tuesday “reaffirming a strong commitment” between the two nations.

“This resolution sends a clear message to President [Enrique] Peña Nieto and the Mexican people that we will not allow the Trump Administration’s reckless diplomacy to define our partnership with Mexico,” Engel said in a statement. 

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“I urge President Trump to reverse course immediately so that our relationship can get back on track,” added Engel, the ranking member on the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

Castro said Trump’s treatment of Mexico resembles the president’s “reckless, bullying behavior towards our allies” in general.

“Mexico has been the target of the President’s attacks since the beginning of his campaign,” he said in a statement.

“We feel it important to reassure Mexico, an important economic and security partner, that we deeply value our nations’ cooperation. The President’s actions do not reflect Congress’s commitment to our close ally.”

Tuesday’s resolution comes amid friction between the Trump and Peña Nieto administrations.

The U.S. and Mexico denied reports last week that Trump told Peña Nieto on a call that U.S. forces would handle the “bad hombres down there” if Mexican authorities could not.

“Reports that the president threatened to invade Mexico are false,” a White House official said on Feb. 1. "Even the Mexican government is denying these reports.”

“The assertions that you make about said conversation do not correspond to the reality of it,” Mexico’s foreign relations department said in a statement.

The Associated Press first reported Trump’s talk with Peña Nieto last week, citing an excerpt of a transcript from a Jan. 27 phone call.

“You have a bunch of bad hombres down there,” Trump told Peña Nieto, per the report.

“You aren’t doing enough to stop them. I think your military is scared. Our military isn’t, so I just might send them down there to take care of it.”

Peña Nieto and Trump have also repeatedly clashed over who will pay for a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border, a cornerstone of Trump's presidential campaign.