At the North American Leaders’ Summit, Mexican president Enrique Peña Nieto, Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau and US president Barack Obama express their plans to unite North America, contrary to Donald Trump’s plan to build a wall keeping out Mexicans.
The “three amigos” rebuked Donald Trump’s Mexico border wall plan with many thinly-veiled comments aimed at the Republican nominee.
Barack Obama responded to Donald Trump without mentioning his name: “All too often we’re hearing rhetoric that ignores the enormous contributions that have been made by Mexican Americans and the enormous strengths we draw from the relationship,” Mr. Obama stated during the summit in Ottawa, Canada.
Donald Trump recently gave a speech with protectionism being the subject at matter. He spoke about his plans to renegotiate deals, including the North American Free Trade Agreement, which he feels puts the United States at a disadvantage.
Obama on the other hand, feels that cutting off the trade deals would make America poorer. The President also acknowledges the American people’s concern with globalization but doesn’t believe it’s the only cause of inequality among the middle class and working class Americans.
“Our auto plants, for example, would shut down if we did not have access to some parts in other parts of the world. We’d lose jobs, and the amount of disruption that would be involved would be enormous,” Mr. Obama said.
In what seemed like a direct response to Donald Trump’s Mexico border wall plan, Canada’s trade minister Chrystia Freeland stated:
“And as a continent, we have a partnership that believes in the importance of building bridges rather than building walls.”
Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto, who has compared Trump to Hitler and Mussolini in the past, explained his comments.
The comparisons to the infamous leaders of Europe was a response to Trump, who stated, “They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.”
In the summit Mr. Nieto explained his comments: “It was only a call for reflection and for recognition, so that we bear in mind what we have achieved and the great deal still to achieve.”
The Mexican President has also stated that Trump’s comments may affect the United States’ relationship with Mexico. Donald Trump has not backed down on his Mexico border wall plan, which he insists Mexico will pay for.
Donald Trump was not on the agenda at the summit, at least not directly. The three leaders talked about Brexit in Europe, which may affect trade deals that Canada, Mexico, and the United States have with the EU. New trade deal will have to be developed with the United Kingdom, which was the fifth largest economy in the world prior to Brexit.
Strengthening the relationship among the three North American countries with more integration was also discussed in the summit. The Mexican President Nieto also reaffirmed his support for the LGBT community with the recent tragic Orlando shooting.
Donald Trump who is currently behind Hillary Clinton in the polls will need to win the general election before he can build a Mexico border wall. President Nieto stated that he will work with whichever president wins the election and referenced the importance of unity in North America.
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