According to a White House release detailing the conversation, Trump extended his condolences to the country after more than 200 people were killed in the earthquake on Tuesday and “offered assistance and search-and-rescue teams.” “The President also pledged to continue close coordination with Mexico as the two countries respond to the recent earthquakes and hurricanes,” the White House said. Trump sent a message to Mexico on Twitter on Tuesday afternoon after the earthquake. “God bless the people of Mexico City,” he wrote. “We are with you and will be there for you.”
7.1 Magnitude earthquake rocks Mexico City. Watch this video below.
The president was asked why he had not yet contacted Peña Nieto following last Thursday’s magnitude 8.1 earthquake in Mexico that left at least 96 people dead, prompting White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders to claim on Tuesday that a phone call between the pair was imminent. President Donald Trump has claimed the reason he did not reach out to Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto immediately after the country’s huge earthquake was because there was no cellphone reception in Mexico.
Donald Trump calls Mexico, offers assistance after 7.1 earthquake.
Last month, as Hurricane Harvey flooded Houston with days of record-breaking rains, Mexico issued a statement offering to send food, generators and medical aid to Texas “as good neighbors should always do in trying times.” Mexico offered help even as President Trump was attacking the country on Twitter, calling Mexico “one of the highest crime nations in the world” and reiterating his claim that Mexico will pay for construction of a border wall between the two nations. While Trump never responded to Mexico’s offer, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said his state would accept the country’s aid.
Photo below is from Mexico City earthquake.
Trump has had tense relations with Mexico, which has resisted his efforts to renegotiate NAFTA and build a southern border wall. The Mexican military had sent units to Texas and Mississippi to help victims of Hurricane Katrina in 2005. In its statement Monday, the Mexican foreign relations secretary thanked Abbott, who shortly after the earthquake offered his assistance in disaster relief efforts.
Governor of Texas offers aid to Mexico. Watch this video below.
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— young blaze (@youngblaze2668) September 21, 2017
I'm glad Donald Trump is helping Mexico
— wakeen feenicks (@CadeMurphy) September 21, 2017
Come on Donald Trump, let's get supplies to Mexico! #earthquake
— Thoughts Of Truth (@True_Thoughts) September 21, 2017
Readout of President Donald J. Trump’s Call with President Enrique Peña Nieto of Mexico. https://t.co/Qr2YSrIMrJ
— Dan Scavino Jr. (@Scavino45) September 20, 2017
Donald Trump not worried about Mexico at all. Imagine if there was a literal wall between us two.
— G (@G27_) September 21, 2017
In a statement released Monday, Mexico’s Foreign Ministry said that aid is now being redirected to care for Mexican families and communities still reeling from the recent one-two punch of natural disasters that struck the nation.