Mexico responds to Trump's tariff threat & it’s a beautiful thing

May 2019
7,575
9,494
midwest
More here: President Lopez Obrador of Mexico responds to Trump's tariff threat & it’s a beautiful thing
Mark Lippmann

<<....>>

Now Trump wants Mexico to do even more. He’s demanding that the Mexican government violate the UN Convention on Refugees by stopping them from proceeding to the US border. On top of that, he’s threatening to impose tariffs on goods imported from Mexico, if they fail to comply with his wishes.

Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, also known as AMLO, posted his response to Trump on his website this morning. It’s in Spanish and I translated his beautiful and eloquent words into English.

https://lopezobrador.org.mx/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/30-05-2019-Carta-al-presidente-Trump.pdf

Mexico City, May 30, 2019

President Donald Trump,

I am aware of your latest position in regard to Mexico. In advance, I express to you that I don’t want confrontation. The peoples and nations that we represent deserve that we resort to dialogue and act with prudence and responsibility, in the face of any conflict in our relations, serious as it may be.

The greatest President of Mexico, Benito Juárez, maintained excellent relations with the Republican hero, Abraham Lincoln. Later, when Mexico nationalized its oil resources and industry, Democratic President Franklin D, Roosevelt understood the profound reasons that led our patriotic President Lázaro Cárdenas to act in favor of our sovereignty. By the way, President Roosevelt was a titan of freedom who proclaimed the four fundamental rights of man: the right to freedom of speech; the right to freedom of religion; the right to live free from fear; and the right to live free from misery.

With this in mind, we frame our policy on immigration. Human beings do not leave their villages for pleasure but out of necessity. That’s why, from the beginning of my government, I proposed opting for cooperation in development and aid for the Central American countries with productive investments to create jobs and resolve this painful situation.

You also know that we are fulfilling our responsibility to prevent, as much as possible and without violating human rights, any passage of the persons concerned through our country. It is worth remembering that - in a short time, Mexicans will not need to go to the United States and that migration will be optional, not forced. This is because we are fighting, like never before, the main problem in Mexico, corruption. And, in this way, our country will attain a powerful social dimension. Our countrymen will be able to work and be happy where they were born, where their families, their customs and their cultures are.

President Trump, social problems are not resolved by tariffs or coercive measures like turning a neighboring country overnight into a ghetto, an enclosed place for the migrants of the world, where they’re stigmatized, abused, persecuted, and excluded and the right to justice is denied to those who seek to work and to live free from want. The Statue of Liberty is not an empty symbol.

With all due respect, although you have the sovereign right to say it, the slogan "United States First" is a fallacy because universal justice and fraternity will prevail until the end of time, even over national borders.

Specifically, citizen President, I propose to deepen our dialogue, and seek alternatives to the immigration problem. And, please remember that I do not lack courage, that I am not cowardly or timorous, but that I act on principles. I believe that politics was invented to avoid confrontation and war, among other things. I do not believe in the Law of Talon, in a 'tooth for a tooth' or an 'eye for an eye' because, if we practiced it, we would all be toothless and one-eyed. I believe that as statesmen and even more so as patriots, we are obliged to seek peaceful solutions to controversies and to practice the beautiful ideal of non-violence, forever.

Finally, I suggest that you instruct your officials, if it doesn’t cause any inconvenience. that they attend to representatives of our government, headed by the Secretary of Foreign Relations, who will be in Washington tomorrow to reach an agreement for the benefit of our two nations.

Nothing by force. Everything by reason and human rights.

Your friend,

Andrés Manuel López Obrador

President of México

:cool:
 

Blueneck

Former Staff
Jun 2007
56,401
44,847
Ohio
Again we see the left siding with foreigners and foreign powers. That is their history though.
He's punishing people who have nothing to do with the problem. How is that remotely fair?

Example: You're a company that manufactures guacamole in the US. Suddenly, the price of avocados is driven up by these tariffs & you're forced to raise your prices and sales drop. It's not as if a bunch of avocado orchards can be planted and begin producing crops overnight. It's also unlikely there's anything YOU can personally do to stop illegal immigration, so you are helpless to control the future of your own business.

Trump is violating NAFTA by doing this and if he decides to go through with it, we'll probably end up having to pay enormous fines eventually for his stupidity.

Commerce between the US and Mexico isn't causing the "crisis" at the border, which if you look at the numbers doesn't even exist.


So not only is Trump causing hardship to the wrong people, he's doing it based on a situation that doesn't exist.

The wars Trump supports in the ME are causing far more problems in creating migrants and refugees in Europe but you don't see them raising tariffs on US imports in an effort to pressure him to stop enabling the situation by selling weapons to KSA.

If threatening trade were accepted as a form of political pressure global commerce would fall apart and I guarantee you wouldn't like the results.

Is it too much to ask that our president try to limit collateral damage in dealing with this situation or are you supporters just going to keep cheering him on every time he does this kind of shit? It's hurting AMERICANS, why don't you care about that?
 

Blueneck

Former Staff
Jun 2007
56,401
44,847
Ohio
Again we see the left siding with foreigners and foreign powers. That is their history though.
Again we see a Trump supporter determined to ignore the facts of a situation in order to "own the libs". Because pissing off Democrats is far more important than making sense or dealing with a situation wisely and maturely.

Governance by tantrum is the new normal. :rolleyes:
 
Feb 2011
19,274
14,255
The formerly great golden state
Trump has discovered a new solution to all problems: Tariffs!
His old solution: Tax cuts!

I wonder if he realizes that tariffs are taxes.

Time for Trump to reciprocate by writing an articulate and thoughtful response back to Obrador.

In Spanish, of course.
 

Blueneck

Former Staff
Jun 2007
56,401
44,847
Ohio
Trump has discovered a new solution to all problems: Tariffs!
His old solution: Tax cuts!

I wonder if he realizes that tariffs are taxes.

Time for Trump to reciprocate by writing an articulate and thoughtful response back to Obrador.

In Spanish, of course.
After seeing that woman who didn't know that the Mueller report had anything negative in it about Trump, I can't help but wonder what the "Oh, I glance at the news (on Fox) occasionally so I feel I'm up to date on the issues" people think about this.

Even CNBC is pushing back on this a little bit. So far they've had Trump's back on actions they'd have been apoplectic about if Obama engaged in them, but the wall of support is starting to crack on this because it's so ridiculous.
 
  • Like
Reactions: the bull59