One of Trump's three Mexico tweets. One of Trump's three Mexico tweets.

‘MX most dangerous country in the world’

Trump goes after Mexico in three-post Twitter tirade

U.S. President Donald Trump labeled Mexico the most dangerous country in the world, called NAFTA “a bad joke” and reiterated the need for a border wall in a threatening three-part Twitter tirade this morning.

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In his first Mexico-related tweet of the day, Trump wrote, “The Wall is the Wall, it has never changed or evolved from the first day I conceived of it . . .”

The post pushed back at a comment made yesterday by his chief of staff, John Kelly, who told Democrat lawmakers that some of Trump’s hard-line immigration policies were “uninformed.”

In Trump’s next post — which carried on from his previous tweet — the president renewed his pledge that Mexico will pay for the wall, arguing that his position was justified because of the large trade deficit the United States has with its southern neighbor.

“. . . The Wall will be paid for, directly or indirectly, or through longer term reimbursement, by Mexico, which has a ridiculous $71 billion dollar trade surplus with the U.S. The $20 billion dollar Wall is ‘peanuts’ compared to what Mexico makes from the U.S. NAFTA is a bad joke!” he wrote.

The tweet follows a similar comment he made in an interview with the Wall Street Journal that was published last week. He told the Journal that Mexico “can pay for it [the wall] indirectly through NAFTA” although he didn’t give further details about his proposal.

Trump saved his most explosive and contentious claim for his third Mexico post, in what was a busy morning for the president on the social media platform.

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“We need the Wall for the safety and security of our country. We need the Wall to help stop the massive inflow of drugs from Mexico, now rated the number one most dangerous country in the world . . .” he wrote.

Trump did not specify the source of his security comment although a new travel advisory for Mexico issued by the U.S. Department of State last week placed five states on the same travel advisory level as war-torn countries such as Syria and Yemen.

The U.S. gave Colima, Guerrero, Michoacán, Sinaloa and Tamaulipas a level 4 advisory, its most severe, warning U.S. citizens not to travel there.

However, the overall rating for Mexico was placed at level 2: Exercise Increased Caution, the same general level as the United Kingdom and France.

Trump concluded his third tweet with a tactic that has become old hat for the U.S. president: threatening to terminate the 24-year-old trilateral trade agreement.

“If there is no wall, there is no deal!” he wrote.

Mexico Economy Secretary Ildefonso Guajardo and chief NAFTA negotiator Kenneth Smith already responded to Trump’s long-held position that Mexico would pay for the wall on Twitter last week, reiterating an equally long-held position of the Mexican government.

Guajardo wrote that “Mexico will never pay for that wall” while Smith asserted that ” a border wall is not, and will never be, part of the NAFTA negotiations.”

The Secretariat of Foreign Affairs (SRE) also repeated that stance but chose a more formal and traditional approach to respond to Trump’s latest comments.

Instead of tweeting, it issued a five-point statement this morning in which it methodically countered Trump’s assertions.

“Our country will not pay for a wall or physical barrier, in any way and under any circumstances,” it said in the first point, adding that “it’s not a Mexican negotiation strategy but a principle of sovereignty and national dignity.”

“Although Mexico has a significant violence problem, it is plainly false that Mexico is the most dangerous country in the world,” it asserted in the second, referring to United Nations statistics to support its rebuttal.

In relation to Trump’s drugs claim, the SRE said that “illicit trafficking of drugs, weapons and money” is a “shared problem that will only end if the root causes are addressed: the high demand for drugs in the United States and the supply from Mexico (and other countries).”

On the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), the SRE said that “Mexico’s position at the renegotiation table . . . will continue being serious and constructive, always placing the national interest first but seeking a result in which the three North American countries win.”

Finally, the SRE said that “Mexico will not negotiate NAFTA or any other aspect of the bilateral relationship through social networks or the media.”

The Mexican government’s swift response to Trump’s social media rhetoric came just hours after the U.S. Republican Party’s representative in Mexico sought to defend the president’s stance on Mexico-related issues.

Larry Rubin conceded that Trump “has had successes and failures” but argued that overall his administration would have a positive impact on Mexico and Mexicans.

Speaking in an interview with the broadcaster Televisa, Rubin touched on some of the most controversial bilateral issues.

He said that “migration reform is a necessity for the United States” and that while Barrack Obama is popular in Mexico, he deported more Mexicans than any other president. Trump’s position on the so-called Dream Act which affects young undocumented migrants has been met with fierce opposition in Mexico.

Rubin also said — prior to the Twitter tirade — that Trump had got the message that NAFTA was good for the United States and the renegotiation process was going well.

“Mexico has always done better with a Republican president and this will be no exception,” he said.

However, a large majority of Mexicans are unlikely to agree with him.

A Pew Research Center Survey last year found that Donald Trump is an unpopular leader worldwide but nowhere is he more unpopular than in Mexico.

Source: Milenio (sp)

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  • WestCoastHwy

    Hell, I thought I was bad! But in all seriousness, If it wasn’t for Carlos Slims business swavey (Urban Slang), Mexico would be in a ditch. I would also think that 70% of the $71 billion dollar trade surplus is going to Carlo’s Grupos. But to say the least for Trump, he is just a frustrated Country Club Yanker that can’t get an erection unless it’s with kinky Russian Hookers.

    • David L. Allison

      Please do not downgrade good American hookers ability to raise Donald’s flag past half mast. $130 K is not the normal pay for a celibate escort.

    • Ge0ffrey

      Carlos Slim? He’s one of the most unpopular figures in Mexico. But you like him because he propped up The New York Times when it was about to go under. And, yes, you hang on to your wet dreams about Russian hookers. That “dossier” is going to be one of the biggest scandals this country has ever witnessed, bigger than Watergate. A fake document paid for by the Hillary campaign was used by the Obama administration to illegally spy on the opposition candidate. You think Mexico is corrupt? Mexico has nothing on the Democrat party.

  • briguy

    US has more than twice as many people, that have at least three times the disposable income as Mexico. Of course we’re going to buy more stuff from Mexico then they are from us. Complaining about a trade deficit that is less than a fraction of a percent of US GDP is myopic.

  • Vernon King

    Hey it would be the most dangerous country in the world FOR HIM. This is just plain idiotic. He is telling me Mexico is more dangerous than Yemen?? Said in the voice of tweety bird ” he doen’t travel very much does he”

    • Ge0ffrey

      He’s negotiating DACA.

      • Vernon King

        Doesn’t change a thing he lied. Its not the most dangerous country in the world.

        • jules

          I do not care where it is ranked. I go often and have never had an issue. I read in a Mexican newspaper earlier in the week that there had been 240 murders in a 100 hour span. That is disturbing. The lead up to the election in July will interesting to say the least.

  • Anthony Stein

    Ok…Mr Shithole President whatever you say! I would bet that there are many DEA and Border cops on the cartel payroll too! Did they not just bust some US cops the other day that were involved in some nasty drug business?

  • flylowguy

    But Las Vegas, Chicago, Baltimore, and every school campus are totally safe.

    • Ge0ffrey

      Not to mention New Orleans and St. Louis.

  • Crewlaw

    Just wonderful to have a babbling fear-mongering ‘Twitterer’ as the supposed leader of the free world. What a disgrace this buffoon is.

    • Ge0ffrey

      He’s getting it done. This is all about the DACA. No DACA without the wall, without the end to chain immigration and without the end of the immigration lottery. Are you following at all what’s happening in DC? I know you Democrats need your permanent underclass to continue to vote Democrat. It’s also clear that your liberal billionaire buddies who finance your politicians need their steady supply of cheap labor. However, the rest of us Americans want something better for ourselves and our future.

      • doximom

        Wake up, he ain’t it! Look around. He’s isolating the U.S. from its allies and with his actions, building up China and Russia. The U.S. is no longer THE world power but just another country run by a fool.

        • Ge0ffrey

          Mom, you are exactly describing eight years of the Obama administration. Trump isn’t the president of the world, he’s the President of the United States. One of the few functions the President has under the U.S. Constitution [you have read that, right?], it to protect and defend the Citizens of the United States.

          • Don J Aitken

            Thank God my Parents immigrated to Canada and not the “Excited State of America”. Some of the contributors from the USA do not have a clue about much about the world and in particular Mexico.They naively believe the least informed and immature President any country has ever elected. His complete lack of understanding of his own countries Immigration policies and the Lies he spreads are keeping his Lackey supporters in a constant state of Panic. This is the reason 76% of all Canadians think Trump is a disaster, In Mexico the number of people that have any faith in him is so small that can’t find any body that will admit it.
            The damage that he is doing both inside & outside of the your country will be the price that all of America will regret for many years after he is gone.

          • Ge0ffrey

            So you’re a Canadian? A Castro-loving Trudeau lackey? Trudeau’s popularity is sinking like a stone. Your country persecutes Christians and stifles free speech. Do you speak Spanish? Have you talked to anyone in Mexico in Spanish about Trump? Or about the Mexican president? It must really gall you to be in a country like Mexico that is so macho, so Christian and so politically incorrect!

          • Happy Girl

            My God!!! If you are any example of what an American is, the USA is in deep doo-doo (that’s another word for faeces) Americans know so little about Canada and yet we are their biggest trading partner…we’re that big beautiful democratic country above you. It is time to stop the name calling and blame gaming and time to hit the books…or maybe take a road trip north and talk to us…learn about us. Your government and free press don’t want you to look too close at us…for a very good reason, because they can’t slander us, like they do Mexico. You might want what we have. Canadians know all about the USA…the whole world does…You shout it from the highest building about how great, wonderful…and militarily superior you are. You seem to think you don’t need the rest of the world, you don’t need immigration…or healthcare, social security…a free press…or the right to practice another religion other than the one you personally believe in. I feel the anger in your comments, turn that anger around…head north and see how a real democracy works. I am Canadian and a proud one at that!

          • Ge0ffrey

            What I know is this. Read very carefully. The reason you Canadians can have your cradle-to-grave socialism is directly because of the United States taxpayer paying for the defense of your great country. If you Canadians had to defend your own borders, you’d be broke!

            The US is a nation of laws. Those laws must ultimately comply with the United States Constitution, which I am willing to bet you have not read. We need LEGAL immigration, not ILLEGAL immigration. See the difference? Ponder it.

            As for your knowledge of the US, you don’t know half of what you think you know. I was speaking to a group of Mexicans in Mexico in Spanish and they wanted to talk about Trump as soon as I identified as an American. I didn’t know what to expect, but I heard one of the most thoughtful analyses of the US election of Trump that I’ve heard from any foreigner. He said, paraphrasing, I know why Trump was elected, because of the workers in Ohio and Michigan. I added Pennsylvania and Wisconsin and Iowa to his list. And I said, paraphrasing, that is exactly right!

          • Parque_Hundido

            The bigget surprise from your posts is the revelation that you have internet service in that bunker you call home.

            Trump is a failed president. The sooner we accept this and move on, the better off we will all be.

          • Ge0ffrey

            Do you mean that you’re surprised that I have internet service in Mexico?

          • Parque_Hundido

            No. I’m surprised that someone who appears to live in a partisan bunker, immune to facts, news, common sense or reason also has Internet.

            That’s what I meant.

          • Ge0ffrey

            Were you looking in the mirror when you wrote this?

          • Parque_Hundido

            I was reading your posts, all of which are based on the same third grade logic.

          • Ge0ffrey

            Well isn’t that special.

          • Vernon King

            You could be nicer about how you express your opinion of others and maybe just maybe they would be nicer to you.

          • Ge0ffrey

            Well, isn’t that special.

          • BB

            Don’t fool yourself. The jobs Mexicans do will never pay $15/hr. And Americans will never do those jobs if they don’t pay more.

          • Parque_Hundido

            Case in point.

          • Chingadero

            Your name should be verga_hundido_en_el_culo

          • Parque_Hundido

            Let me correct that for you: “…en_tu_culo”.

            You’re welcome.

          • Chingadero

            Thanks for making it yours…

          • Parque_Hundido

            Thanks for letting me use it and discard it like trash.

          • Chingadero

            Like the Coney Island Whitefish filling your trashcan

          • Parque_Hundido

            I’m not sure you’re quite up to that standard. You’re more of a standard-issue sewer rat.

          • Happy Girl

            “If you Canadians had to defend your own borders, you’d be broke!” If we had to defend our border…we’d be defending it against YOU…the USA. We are your best friend…we have backed you up in the Korean War, in Afghanistan, in Iran, in Syria…we have shed our blood, sent our young soldiers in wars you have created…they died and have been maimed for you…and we the Canadian taxpayers have paid for their service, rehabilitation and financial support to their survivors…not the USA. We are capable of having nuclear weapons and choose not to…we don’t go out of our way to start a war and therefore don’t need the military you have… But if you think you think we are a bunch of “pussies” you’d be sadly mistaken. And if you think “cradle-to-grave socialism” is bad, it shows your lack of moral consciousness. Canadians are proud to take care of its sick, poor, disabled…and old folks such as myself. We don’t go broke if we get sick because of our healthcare, we support mothers and fathers bonding with their newborn or adopted child with paid parental leave, we supplement poor families, and the mentally ill. The sad thing is we don’t do enough. That is the difference between the USA and Canada…in the USA it’s all about “me” and in Canada it is about “us”. We know that bad things could happen to me or my loved ones, or complete strangers..so we offer a hand.

          • Vernon King

            Mexicans have a bad habit of telling Gringoes what they want to hear. In our expat community not one mexican has expressed support for Trump but they may be telling me what they think I want to hear. I don’t know for sure to be fair so be careful. As far as Canada goes what do you expect them to do? More people live in California alone than Canada. They did send soldiers to one of our foreign wars but you forgot that. Canadians died for our little war so be nice. As far as your law lecture the constitution in the US is long gone and been sold out to rich and corporate interests and Trump represents these interests in a strange perverted way. Example Corporations have rights like people. HuH????? We shall see the legacy of Trump in the next election. For the record I could not vote for either folks in the last election and unless the political parties can do better I probably won’t vote again. Yes lets create a legal foreign worker program as lets face it no americans want to pick in the field and other such jobs.

          • Don J Aitken

            Might I remind you actually I will have to tell you the Second WORLD WAR started on September the 1st 1of 1939 and Canada was among the first Countries that faced the Germans in Battle .That was three years before The USA decided to get involved and that was only after you were attacked in the 11th month of 1941 . Canada and the British Commonwealth Declared War on Germany when they crossed the border into Poland on Sep 1 1939.
            The USA have fought many battles since,but other than Granada I can’t think of any other successful invasion that they have had. To claim you are protecting us so we can have a successful country is Bullshit why have you spend $trillions on interfering in everybody else’s business and ignoring the Millions of people in deep poverty in you own country?

          • Ge0ffrey

            My comment on your first paragraph? God bless Canada! On the second, I don’t know where you get your info. However, based on what you’re saying, you should applaud Trump because he is not interested in being the president of the world, but only the President of the United States. That’s his obligation as the head of the Executive Branch of the US Constitution. That’s precisely why he wants other nations to pony up their fair share in the protection of their own countries. The American taxpayer shouldn’t have to pay for the protection of the airways and waterways alone. What’s more (and you must see this) he’s withdrawing money from any country that is not our friend (aka Pakistan). What a blessing for the American taxpayer.

          • Chingadero

            You exist at our pleasure.

          • Don J Aitken

            Ge0ffrey , For your information I did not vote for Trudeau in Canada, we actually have a Real Democracy ,not one limited by a system that limits political participation with different political views, I have been coming to Mexico for the winter over 20 years.and know many Mexicans and not one of them has a good word to say about your Illustrious president .
            Reality is so far over your head . you obviously are under the illusion that Trump is a Christian .Jesus would be ashamed of the him and the so called Evangelical Christians they support him they are Hypocrites that want America to be ruled by Lying Trump that is just like them. The Taliban in Afghanistan are also fighting to have their country ruled by a so called Religious administration. As is Iran ,What is the difference between any Religious Government that wants to enforce their misguided believes on the whole country?

          • Ge0ffrey

            Do you speak Spanish?

          • Ge0ffrey

            Don, what do you mean “real democracy”? Isn’t the Queen of England still the Queen of Canada? We have a Democratic Republic in the United States which was designed to restrain mob rule.

          • Chingadero

            Seriously who gives a flying crap what Mexicans think of our President? I think that the past four or five Presidents they’ve had were all useless morons. Look at the state of the country.

          • Chingadero

            Canada is a failed state.

      • BB

        Keep waiting for picking of cotton and fruits to pay $15/hr so Americans can do those jobs. You’ll be waiting until the cows come home.

    • Chingadero

      Mexico is not the leader of any world, not even it’s own stank little hellhole of a society.

  • Sharl

    Has don d con ever been to Mexico?!! Walk the streets of downtown Chicago, Detroit, NY after dark. See if you make it thru the night shit4brains👿

    • Ge0ffrey

      Trump isn’t the President of Mexico. He’s the President of the United States. BTW, those cities you mention, are all run by Democrats!

  • John Milonas

    You guys talk a lot of shit.

  • Ge0ffrey

    This writer has mis-read American politics. This statement is not about NAFTA: “If there is no wall, there is no deal!” he wrote.

  • Garry Montgomery

    Well, I guess if the U.S. buys more stuff from Mexico than Mexico does from the U.S., Trump better stop watching T.V. go to bed early and get up before midday and get some serious work done. I feel safer in Mexico than I would in Harlem or Chicago.

  • doximom

    What a complete ass that man is. I’m embarrassed to be American having him as the president. Every time he opens his big mouth, more garbage spews forth.

  • WestCoastHwy

    There is definitely a class war going on in the good of USA and of course we all know who’s the winner. And as the upper class takes more from the lower class the war will get uglier and create more lower class citizens. Once this imbalance becomes uncontrollable, well hell, the sh*t will hit the fan. Just look at Mexico!

  • Parque_Hundido

    Fake president.

  • gypsyken

    Trump has demonstrated that he is a thoroughly corrupt and utterly disgusting white supremacist racist. He is supported by no more than a third of U.S. voters, many of whom are also racist, as racism remains pervasive in that country and helps to account for the anti-immigrant and specifically anti-Mexican fervor that currently pervades it. (Traveling with an African American, I have personally encountered blatant racism in several U.S. states.) I am a U.S. citizen who has lived in Mexico and would be ashamed to recognize Trump as my president.

  • gypsyken

    Trump has demonstrated that he is a thoroughly corrupt, utterly disgusting, white supremacist racist. He is supported by not more than a third of U.S. voters, many of whom are also racists, as racism is pervasive in the U.S. (I am white, but in travelling with an African American I have personally experienced several instances of blatant racism in the U.S.) Much of the anti-immigrant and specifically anti-Mexican sentiment that pervades the U.S. is a reflection of racism. As a U.S. citizen who has lived in Mexico, I would be ashamed to acknowledge Trump as my president. (As I have no more respect for any supporter of Trump than I have for Trump himself, which is none whatsoever, I will not respond to any reply to this post posted by a Trump supporter.)

  • GOPerson

    I have often wondered why the vast majority of ex-pats here in Mexico are Democrats. I can think of only one reason, maybe Republicans love their country more and don’t want to leave it.

  • Chingadero

    Mexico is a very violent, backwards, corrupt and damaged country. Doesn’t matter if it is the 1st or 233rd most violent. As Americans, we will not be forced into accepting into America a people who have demonstrated they are absolutely unable to manage a country or a society. Mexicans will turn the United States into Mexico if allowed to infiltrate further into our country.

    Not happening. And Mexican candidate López Obrador might want to measure his hubris.. Lest he end up starring in one of the “cartel haircut” videos.

  • Chingadero

    25,339 Homicides in one year. Up 25% from last year. That’s not “dangerous”? When a country homicide rate increases 25% in one year, that’s not “dangerous”? 1 in 4800 people are murdered in Mexico in 12 months. That’s not “dangerous”?

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