Perry tones down Trump rhetoric on Mexico
U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry promised on Thursday to promote cross-border electricity trade and investment with Mexico and said he expected talks aimed at updating Nafta to proceed quickly. During a visit to Mexico City, Perry said it was a top priority to agree on a North American energy strategy, develop untapped resources and diversify energy supplies.
"Mexico's prosperity is inextricably intertwined with our prosperity," Perry said at a news conference. His comments underscored a different tone in bilateral relations from earlier this year, when Donald Trump threatened to impose punitive tariffs on Mexican goods to protect U.S. industry, and to pull out of Nafta.