The relationship between President Trump and the Mexican government and president have been escalating in recent days because of the announcement that additional National Guard troops would be sent to the border. However, now the former president of Mexico is heating up the relationship and not in a good way.
Former Mexican president Vicente Fox wore a t-shirt that taunted President Trump by saying that he cannot build a wall because his hands are too small. A pun and play off of the joke that went on between Republican presidential candidates during the 2016 presidential election.
The Hill reported,
“The shirt depicts Trump as a baby building a wall with toy blocks while wearing a soiled diaper made from the American flag, jabbing at Trump’s longstanding promise to build a border wall along the southern border.
The size of Trump’s hands became a running joke during the 2016 presidential campaign, most notably when used by former primary challenger Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) during a debate.
Trump’s push for border wall funding from Congress fell short last month, when lawmakers passed an omnibus spending package that included only $1.6 billion of the $25 billion Trump asked for extra border security measures and wall construction.
Fox, a one time opposition leader of Mexico’s right-wing party, has become one of Trump’s loudest foreign critics, endlessly ridiculing the president for his efforts to stem the flow of immigrants into the U.S.
Proceeds from the shirts will go toward the former Mexican president’s nonprofit group Centro Fox, which aims to “develop training for leaders dedicated to serving their community in Mexico and Latin America,” according to the group’s website.”
Thank you for all your support! @centrofox was built on the foundation of empowering leaders to take charge and give back to their communities. Help me continue to spread the message of compassion for others, by getting this apparel at https://t.co/lRhyRIWF1m pic.twitter.com/3lVcGyTLjx
— Vicente Fox Quesada (@VicenteFoxQue) April 6, 2018
While the Independent reported,
“Mr Fox has been a staunch critic of the president’s plans to build a border wall between Mexico and the US, as well as his intentions to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).
In March, Mr Trump’s plans received a setback after lawmakers awarded him only $1.6bn (£1.14bn) of the $25bn he had requested for the construction of the wall and for extra border security measures. Money raised from the T-shirts will be used to fund Mr Fox’s non-profit group, Centro Fox, which provides training for leaders in Mexico and Latin America, he said. Mr Fox served as the president of Mexico for six years from 2000 to 2006.”
“In the past few decades, Mexico has become a far more cooperative partner of Washington in fighting drug-trafficking, terror threats and illegal migration. But Mexican politicians have called for reducing bilateral cooperation if Trump militarizes the border.Trump’s move comes as Mexico is in the midst of a hotly contested campaign for president. The leading candidate is Andrés Manuel López Obrador , a center-left populist. On Wednesday, he responded to Trump’s latest moves by declaring that “we will not accept the use of force, the militarization of the border.”
Mexico’s Senate on Wednesday unanimously approved a nonbinding resolution that urged the government to end cooperation with the United States on illegal immigration and drug trafficking because of Trump’s plans to deploy National Guard troops.