Mexico Pulls Aid Out Of Texas After Earthquake, Hurricane

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Because of the quake and Hurricane Katia that hit Mexico a day later, the foreign ministry said Monday it could no longer send supplies and personnel to the US state of Texas that is dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey that struck late last month.

The death toll from Mexico's 8.1 magnitude quake rose to 96 yesterday as more fatalities were confirmed in the hard-hit southern states of Oaxaca and Chiapas. And Hurricane Katia made landfall Friday north of Tecolutla on Mexico's Gulf Coast.

Mexico "will channel all available logistical support to serve the families and communities affected in the country", said the Presidency in a statement.

Humberto Cruz stands inside his house destroyed by the quake that struck the southern coast of Mexico late on Thursday, in Ixtaltepec, Mexico, on Sunday.

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"The Mexican government expresses its full solidarity with Florida given the severe damage done by Hurricane Irma", the statement said.

The ministry noted, too, that the United States had taken more than a week to respond to Mexico's formal offer of aid, and said that only "certain logistical aid" was needed.

Mexico has yanked its offer to send aid to Texas, saying it has its own natural disasters to take care of.

In other words, providing this kind of humanitarian aid to the United States isn't new for Mexico, despite the fact that the current American president regularly treats the country as a rhetorical and political punching bag.

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Last month, the Mexican government released a statement promising help in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.

Mexicans are also frustrated that Trump has not expressed concern about the Mexican quake on Twitter or in a White House release.

Hours after rescinding the aid offer, Mexico's Foreign Secretary Luis Videgaray reportedly received a phone call from US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. With the country of Mexico now dealing with its own natural disasters, their government has rescinded offers to help in Texas. Tillerson told Videgaray the USA stood ready to help Mexico.

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