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Mexican President to Trump: ‘Nothing and No One Stands Above the Dignity of Mexico’

President Enrique Peña Nieto of Mexico blasted President Donald Trump in a video message on Thursday, vowing that “nothing and no one stands above the dignity of Mexico” and adding that the U.S. president’s main gripes were Congress’s problem, not Mexico’s.

“If your recent statements are the result of frustration due to domestic policy issues, to your laws or to your Congress, it is to them that you should turn to, not to Mexicans,” Peña Nieto said in the message, according to a translation provided by his office.

Trump’s tweets and later public comments appeared to be based on reports that a large group of Central American migrants was headed to the U.S. border, which BuzzFeed news, which has a reporter following the group, indicated included many individuals who wanted to apply for asylum out of fear of returning to their home countries.

Peña Nieto said Mexico stood ready to negotiate with the U.S. but would not do so out of fear. Casting his stance as one of national unity, Mexico’s president said his would-be successors were expressing a sentiment that defies internal political disputes — pointing to the decision of the Mexican Senate to unanimously condemn Trump as an example of this agreement.

“As Mexicans, we may disagree among ourselves, especially during election periods, but we will always be united when it comes to defending our country’s dignity and sovereignty,” Peña Nieto said.

Thursday’s video message is the latest episode in Trump and Peña Nieto’s complicated relationship. As a presidential candidate, Trump traveled to Mexico and held a joint news conference with the country’s president, which later led to internal criticism over Peña Nieto’s perceived lackluster pushback against Trump’s proposed border wall.

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