Mexico says it will review its collaborative efforts with the United States on border security, trade and more in response to President TrumpDonald TrumpYoungkin ad features mother who pushed to have 'Beloved' banned from son's curriculum White House rejects latest Trump claim of executive privilege Democrats say GOP lawmakers implicated in Jan. 6 should be expelled MORE’s increasingly combative comments.
Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto met with his Cabinet on Sunday and ordered them to review all aspects of his country’s relationship with the U.S., Reuters reported on Monday.
The review will last “a few weeks,” and then Peña Nieto will make a decision on how to proceed, Mexican Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray Caso said.
“The key thing here is that it’s not just words. This stance needs to have practical consequences,” he said.
The formal review comes after Trump spent much of the last week ratcheting up his rhetoric about immigrants entering the U.S. via the southern border.
He repeatedly called on Mexico to stop “caravans” of immigrants and urged the U.S. Congress to pass stricter immigration laws. He then ordered National Guard troops to be sent to the border to patrol the area until a wall can be constructed.
The comments echoed some of his early campaign rhetoric in which he claimed Mexico was sending rapists and criminals across the border.
Peña Nieto last week responded to Trump's latest comments, telling him to take out his frustrations on U.S. lawmakers, not Mexicans.
"If your recent statements come from frustration with internal political affairs, with your laws, or with your Congress, talk about them, not about Mexicans," said Peña Nieto, addressing Trump in a video.
"We won't allow negative rhetoric to define our actions," he added.
The tense exchanges come as Mexico and the U.S. as well as Canada are seeking to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement. Earlier this month, Trump threatened to cancel the deal entirely if Mexico didn't do more to stop border crossings.
Mexico is doing very little, if not NOTHING, at stopping people from flowing into Mexico through their Southern Border, and then into the U.S. They laugh at our dumb immigration laws. They must stop the big drug and people flows, or I will stop their cash cow, NAFTA. NEED WALL!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 1, 2018