Mexico Will Help Texas After Hurricane Harvey, But It's Still Not Gonna Pay For That Wall
After Hurricane Harvey made landfall in Texas on Friday night in the form of a vicious Category 4 hurricane, Southeastern Texas was pummeled by calamitous winds and powerful downpour. By Saturday, the hurricane had been categorically downgraded to a tropical storm, but the devastation caused by Harvey was rapidly becoming clear to rescue teams, state officials, and even nearby countries, as the government of Mexico vowed to help Hurricane Harvey victims, while still refusing to budge from its position on not funding Donald Trump's infamous proposal for a border wall.
As thousands of Texans were displaced from their homes, power outages hit residential areas and business districts, and houses were submerged in water, the Mexican government expressed condolences and support. A statement read:
While the disaster caused by Harvey became clearer over the weekend, Trump at one point focused on a different subject and tweeted, "With Mexico being one of the highest crime nations in the world, we must have THE WALL. Mexico will pay for it through reimbursement [and] other."
With Mexico being one of the highest crime Nations in the world, we must have THE WALL. Mexico will pay for it through reimbursement/other.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 27, 2017
In its official statement on Hurricane Harvey, the government also brought up the border wall and said:
This isn't the first time that the Mexican government has offered help to American victims of natural disasters. In 2005, the government of Mexico sent its army to help the victims of Hurricane Katrina.
With 30,000 people expected to need shelter, electricity outages throughout the affected counties of Texas, official reports of at least eight dead, and forecasters' prediction that post-Harvey recovery could take "years," a border wall should be the very last thing on Trump's agenda.