Mexico turns the charm on Trump

3/7/2016 Financial Times

8566728595_0d6365cce0_mFed up of being bashed by Donald Trump, Mexico is planning a US political charm offensive to set the record straight about a bilateral relationship worth $1m a minute in cross-border trade and millions of jobs.

Rather than strike back at the man who has promised to build a “great wall” between the trading partners, the government plans to re-educate presidential campaign managers and the media to “counteract misinformation” about Mexico in the US, says Francisco Guzmán, chief of staff to President Enrique Peña Nieto.

“This [relationship] is not a threat but an opportunity . . . The North American region is the most competitive in the world. That [relationship] is much more intelligent than a wall, which, far from boosting trade, will restrict it,” Mr Guzmán said, referring to Mr Trump’s $8bn plan to barricade the 2,000-mile border.

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