Vice President Biden Apologizes To Mexico For Republican Vitriol (VIDEO)

Vice President Biden Apologizes To Mexico For Republican Vitriol (VIDEO)

VP Joe Biden has apologized to Mexico for Republican comments

The importance of a viable relationship with Mexico seem to have been forgotten by the GOP. Vice President Joe Biden has had to apologize to Mexico for what Republican candidates have said about the country and its people. While paying a working visit to the southern country as part of the High-Level Economic Dialogue forum, Biden has used the opportunity to try to calm the waters between both countries.

On Thursday, speaking in Mexico City at a series of Cabinet-level talks aiming at improving economic and commercial ties, Biden referred to, in front of Mexican officials and Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, the rhetoric against Mexico and immigrants that has characterised the 2016 GOP presidential campaign.

He mentioned to feel obliged to apologize to the US southern neighbour for what presidential candidates have said about Mexico and its people in this heated campaign. Biden said that this rhetoric is dangerous, damaging and ill-advised, and can affect the countries’ bilateral relations, as some of the comments were very disturbing.

“Some of the rhetoric coming from some of the presidential candidates on the other team are I think dangerous, damaging and incredibly ill-advised… But here’s what I’m here to tell you: They do not, they do not, they do not represent the view of the vast majority of the American people.”

Diplomatically, Biden did not name names, but was critical of the Republican candidates in general. However, the references to building a wall on the US-Mexico border, or deporting around 11 million Mexicans believed to be living in the US illegally, were obviously aimed at a specific candidate.

Coincidentally, the same day former Mexican president Vicente Fox gave an interview with Univision and Fusion’s Jorge Ramos in which he expressed his concern over the support candidate Trump is receiving. Concerning Trump’s idea of building a wall in the boarder, Fox also made clear (not so diplomatically) that Mexico is not going to pay for Donald Trump’s ‘fucking wall’. Additionally, he addressed people in the US by saying;

“Please, you Hispanics, Latinos in the U.S., open your eyes… It’s not to defend our race. Not to defend our creed. It’s to defend this very same nation that is hosting you. This nation is going to fail if it goes into the hands of a crazy guy.” 

And this is not the first time a former Mexican president has stood up to these types of comments. Former president Felipe Calderón gave a message to candidate Trump about a month ago in an interview with CNBC, to whom he referred as a ‘not very well-informed man’. In this, he also made clear that Mexico will not pay for any wall, and that the idea itself is absurd.

Biden’s visit has also served to sign agreements with the Mexican counterparts to cooperate on energy issues, conservation and climate change. Mexico is one of the United States’ top trading partners. However, it is a shame that a working visit with mainly commercial purposes had to become a scenario of apologies. Relations between Mexico and the United States are not only broad and strong, but important. Yet, the GOP presidential campaign seems to have completely ignored this.

While Republican candidates have limited to criticize migration coming from Mexico, little has been done on proposing how to strengthen relations between such important allies. A wall between the country would be incredibly counterproductive and would isolate the US; not recognizing the importance of its relations with its southern neighbor and continuously attacking it, may have very negative results.

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From Mexico City, Carolina has lived in five different countries, experiences she defines as the most enriching. She has focused her studies and work on international conflicts and international security issues, diplomacy and protocol. Carolina holds two MA degrees and hopes to begin her PhD studies soon.

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From Mexico City, Carolina has lived in five different countries, experiences she defines as the most enriching. She has focused her studies and work on international conflicts and international security issues, diplomacy and protocol. Carolina holds two MA degrees and hopes to begin her PhD studies soon.

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