Mexico changes its tune on Trump

5/4/2016 The Hill 

Idelfonso-GuajardoMexican officials are focusing on the positives in the U.S.-Mexico relationship, avoiding direct references to the presidential campaign.

In an interview with The Hill Monday, Secretary of the Economy Ildefonso Guajardo said “it’s not very convenient for foreign officials” to comment on U.S. elections. He said they will instead focus on the massive economic potential of the U.S.-Mexico partnership.

“The mere fact that Mexico has become an item in the debate should be an opportunity to reinforce the U.S-Mexico relationship. In a way, underlying that reality is the fact that whatever happens in Mexico has an impact in the U.S. That in itself is good,” said Guajardo.

The Mexican government has traditionally avoided commentary on foreign elections, but as Donald Trump heightened his rhetoric against immigrants and about building a border wall, several high officials took the bait.

The secretaries of Finance and Foreign Affairs called Trump “ignorant.” in March, President Enrique Peña Nieto compared Trump’s rhetoric to Mussolini and Hitler. And in April, Guajardo himself said Mexico would always be the United State’s largest trading partner, unless “Trump wins the election.”

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