Published: Tue, September 12, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Mexico Rescinds Texas Aid Offer

Mexico Rescinds Texas Aid Offer

The Mexican government told the Texas and the United States federal government that it would not be able to provide the aid originally offered in the wake of Hurricane Harvey.

Mexico had offered to send 25 trailers with supplies, as well as 300 beds, nine generators, water treatment equipment, three mobile kitchens, radio and satellite equipment and personnel to the US.

According to the latest death tool, 96 people lost their lives in the natural disaster and more than 2.5 million people are estimated to be affected by the damage.

Through a statement, the Mexican Foreign Ministry reported that due to the emergencies caused by the September 7 quake on the country's west and the recent devastation by Hurricane Katia on the east, Mexico is not in a position to send aid to Texas.

U.S. -Mexican relations have been strained by U.S. President Donald Trump's threats to curtail trade with Latin America's No. 2 economy as well as his demand that Mexico pay for a border wall to keep out immigrants and drug traffickers.

Despite Trump's provocation, Mexico still affirmed that it would aid Harvey victims.

The U.S. embassy in Mexico did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The Mexican Red Cross also sent 33 volunteers to help the relief effort in Houston.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott estimated that the damage sustained by Texas as a result of Hurricane Harvey ranges between $150 billion to $180 billion.

The statement also mentioned that Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray is set to visit the US this week and meet with California governor Jerry Brown as well as DACA recipients, so the Mexican media might be onto something.

Videgaray will travel to Sacramento and Los Angeles on September 11-12 and then to Washington on September 13, the ministry said, adding that he will meet with California Governor Jerry Brown and other officials.

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