De la Madrid: is new warning NAFTA pressure? De la Madrid: NAFTA pressure?

Is US travel warning linked to NAFTA talks?

Tourism secretary wonders if it's intended to apply pressure on Mexico

Is the United States’ new travel warning about Mexico — in which some popular tourist destinations have shown up for the first time — linked to the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement?

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The federal tourism secretary said yesterday he could not rule out the possibility that the updated travel alert was designed to pressure Mexico in the lead-up to the next round of NAFTA talks.

Enrique de la Madrid voiced his concern over the new advisory given that visitors from the United States make up almost 60% of airline arrivals. While he acknowledged that violent crime was a problem in Mexico he also alluded to a possible political motivation.

“There is real data that justifies the reasons for concern about insecurity but in politics, anything goes,” he said in an interview with the newspaper El Universal.

De la Madrid stated that the Mexican government is focused on combating insecurity at the country’s tourist destinations, and sees the U.S. warning as extra incentive to improve.

“. . . We cannot afford to let tourism, one of the most dynamic sectors of the economy, slow down.”

He also said that uncertainty about policy positions that may be adopted by President Donald Trump make Mexico susceptible to a downturn in tourism and consequently Mexico should seek to attract visitors from farther afield.

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“We should make it an objective in the short term that Americans don’t represent more than 50% [of foreigners that visit Mexico] because it’s not advisable to be so dependent on one country . . . .”

De la Madrid said he expects that goal will be reached soon.

But U.S. visitor numbers continue to grow. He said in another interview that the numbers were up in the first half of the year despite what he described as an adverse climate generated by the tone of Trump’s statements.

It’s not the first time this week that a cabinet secretary has offered speculative commentary about the U.S. and its NAFTA renegotiation strategy.

After United States President Donald Trump said “we’ll end up probably terminating NAFTA at some point” and “personally, I don’t think we can make a deal . . .” at a rally in Arizona on Tuesday, Foreign Affairs Secretary Luis Videgaray called Trump’s expressions of pessimism a “negotiating strategy.”

Trump’s comments went beyond the hardline stance the U.S. adopted in the first round of NAFTA renegotiation talks that started last week in Washington and concluded Sunday.

Source: El Universal (sp), Noticaribe (sp)

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  • Helena Boxer

    With Trump the Orange Pig, nothing would surprise me.

    • DeplorableVI

      We don’t label people by the color of their skin.

      • Helena Boxer

        People? Trump is an orange sub-human.

        • ben

          name call lately w/out an argument? brilliant comment. save it for salon.

        • DeplorableVI

          Trump is Pro Life. I like that. It’s time women learn we don’t care what lowlife do with THEIR body we only care what lowlife are doing to the body of baby girls and baby boys growing in the womb.

        • David Nichols

          Keep regurgitating those Loonie Leftie perjoritives Helena, it makes you appear even more pathetic than your lame attempts at rebuttal…
          BTW, how does it feel to get your a$$ handed to you by everybody else on the site..?

          • Helena Boxer

            At least I know where you stand, or have your head. Shame on you for using the N word in your posts, but I don’t expect much from people like you. Do you wash your white bed sheets before wearing or do you wear it with all your pee and crap stains all over it?

          • Frank B.

            Why not? You keep regurgitating your right wing bull shit!

          • 2Deep4_U

            You should know that already…. Dummy

    • Dallas Autery Y Rocio Heredia

      yeah, because there were never the same kinds of travel advisories under Obama. (sarcasm) . Here in Sinaloa we were victimized by Obama advisories many times, no politics involved. Now Trumps admin puts out an advisory and its all of a sudden all about politics. SMH

      • ben

        TRUMP hysteria syndrome. there were protests already planned before storm harvey hit. protesting how potus did not send aid. its now an industry. murder in mexico??? trumps fault!! get out your sign, your masks & go for ot helen!

      • ben

        dont forget obamas travel bans for islamic nations. he reinstated them several times. i noticed no one ptotested @ the airports. many simlarities between POTUS & barack. hear that helen boxer??

    • David Nichols

      Nothing would surprise you…because to be surprised you would necessarily need to be aware of the actuality around you, and not immersed in juvenile name calling…
      Hatred is an acid that corrodes the possessor, not the object of their hate…

      • Helena Boxer

        I agree, David. I don’t like Trump’s juvenile name calling either. Unfortunately I learned to not be politically correct just like him.

        • ben

          namecalling is immature. potus has stopped this for the most part. you helen, have not.

          • Helena Boxer

            Trump has stopped name calling? You must be deaf and blind.

          • ben

            re read: i said he has gotton better. i didnt vote for the man i voted for his idea. borders language culture. from my mouth to gods ears to POTUS. he is a flawed man, but has some excellent qualities. he did amazing things in NYC, iconic. we won. it will take another 30 years for the culture to change. generation Z will take care of it.

          • Frank B.

            No you said “he has stopped”. Not only is that not true– but he has gotten worse! You lying sack of shit!!

          • Frank B.

            Bull Shit!

        • David Nichols

          It is gratifying to hear that you learned something from President Trump…
          Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery…
          Do they pay you to pretend you’re stupid, or does it just come naturally..?
          BTW, if you think you know Mexico because you vacation in Cancun, you haven’t got a clue…

          • Frank B.

            The ONLY thing one can learn from trump– is how not to be a US President!

      • Frank B.

        Yes you are!– you just made a comment about me, using juvenile name calling– you lying ass bastard!

    • mariache

      Why don’t you move down to Mexico and live under “super honest” and “brown pig” Pena Nieto? I speak the language and talk to working class Mexicans every time I go down there. How about one of the hotel maids telling me than in Cancún about three women a week are found murdered for no apparent reason. They are housewives, students etc. not necessarily prostitutes. That is Travel Advisory directly from Mexicans. You should be comforted to know that your government takes the time to write an advisory for your protection. If you don’t want to follow it you’re free to do so.

      • ben

        this is the first time in history that people have assisted in thier own sucide. helen boxer? you white privileged supreamist, be my guest!

      • Helena Boxer

        I’ve been to Mexico more times than I can count since 1988, most of my time in Cancun. When there, I stay with my working class Mexican friends, and have many other Mexican friends as well. We e-mail and skype several times a month and NONE of them have ever mentioned all the women you say are murdered every week. I’ll be heading that way in 2 weeks and will make sure to ask them in person when I arrive.

        • Helena Boxer

          And, I read Novades every day and see nothing of what you mention.

          • mariache

            You mean “Novedades” perhaps?

        • DeplorableVI

          Go one last time. Go die in Mexico. Please.

        • mariache

          How a good trip; enjoy your stay.

      • ben

        modern liberal love anything that is violent ugly because it is not in the US,

  • DeplorableVI

    Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar.

  • drg68

    I’ve sent the US State Dept travel advisories to my friends in México to get their feedback. They’ve always considered them to be a joke since the advisories exaggerate the problems and blow the situations out of proportion. They could easily reword them and make them apply to many US cities.

  • David Nichols

    So says another honest and moral politician named “de la Madrid”… He has big shoes to fill to be as corrupt as daddy…

  • mariache
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