Former Ambassadors to Trump: ‘Treat Mexico as a Strategic Partner’

A group of six former U.S. ambassadors to Mexico penned an op-ed in Monday’s Washington Post asking the Trump administration to “treat Mexico as a strategic partner.”

By Joy DiazFebruary 16, 2017 12:37 pm

“We have seen firsthand the strategic value of working cooperatively with Mexico to tackle common problems, including crime, terrorism and global economic competition,” they wrote.

Antonio Garza was one of the op-ed’s authors. He served as U.S. Ambassador to Mexico from 2002 to 2009 and prior to that was Secretary of State of Texas and Texas Railroad Commissioner.

“I think the operative word since the election has been uncertainty, with occasional volatility,” Garza says. “The whole notion of upending the traditional trade relationship that we have has put a lot of people on edge, certainly in Texas.”

What you’ll hear in this segment:

Whether there is any merit to the criticism of NAFTA
How NAFTA has impacted “swing states”
Why the ambassadors decided to write this op-ed

Written by Molly Smith.