Slim says Trump Good for Mexico

Carlos Slim says a successful Trump presidency is good for Mexico
Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim said on Thursday that if President-elect Donald Trump succeeds in office, it will be good news for Mexico, and that he would be more worried as an American than a Mexican about the next U.S. government.

   Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim spoke to the media during a news conference after attending the annual meeting of the Circulo de Montevideo Foundation, at Soumaya museum in Mexico City, Mexico November 4, 2016.

Slim, a telecoms tycoon who spent several years as the world’s richest man, says he has never met Trump, but the two businessmen traded barbs during a bruising U.S. election campaign in which Trump vowed to build a wall along the southern border to keep out Mexican immigrants.

In October, Trump accused Slim, the top shareholder in The New York Times Co, of trying to help Democratic Party candidate Hillary Clinton, even though Slim’s shares have limited voting rights.

Then, a few days before the Nov. 8 election, Slim said Trump’s plans could “destroy” the United States economy.

In his first public comments since Republican Trump’s stunning victory, Slim said that Trump’s plans could risk the international leadership role the United States plays.

“I’d be more worried if I were American,” he said in an interview with Bloomberg Television. “If he’s going to close the economy … if he’s going out of the NATO and other international (bodies).”

But Slim added that Trump’s potential success would also be Mexico’s, arguing that a 4 percent U.S. growth rate and the creation of millions of jobs would benefit Latin America’s second biggest economy.

“That’s fantastic for Mexico,” Slim said at a Bloomberg event in Mexico City.

Mexico should turn its attention inward and invest to spur growth, Slim said. He said Trump’s win had not affected any of his own investment plans.

Still, Slim also warned the audience about the effects of some of the protectionist measures Trump has threatened to impose, including steep tariffs on Mexican-made goods.

“To put a tax of 35 percent on our exports will be paid by (U.S.) consumers,” he said while speaking on a panel alongside Bloomberg founder and former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg.

Trump has said he would renegotiate or scrap a trade deal with Mexico. Trump attacked U.S. companies investing south of the border, battering Mexico’s peso.

“It’s not easy to build a wall, anyway they build tunnels and most people arrive by plane,” Slim joked in comments before the election, referring to drug cartels digging tunnels to smuggle their products into the United States.

–Reuters.  Reporting by Christine Murray

Advertisements

Posted on December 4, 2016, in News. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Interesting

    On Sun, Dec 4, 2016 at 8:04 PM, Las Hermanas del Desierto wrote:

    > wandercrones posted: “Carlos Slim says a successful Trump presidency is > good for Mexico Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim said on Thursday that if > President-elect Donald Trump succeeds in office, it will be good news for > Mexico, and that he would be more worried as an American t” >

    Like

  2. The flip side of this is that many progressive are in favor of this tariff, referencing back to Hamilton/Washington when the first tariffs were imposed by our country. Apparently we can thank these sizeable tariffs (according to the progressive side of the equation) for most of our federal buildings and the accompanying infrastructure. Apparently ALL paid for through those initial tariffs. And, the argument goes that because it becomes expensive to import, Americans can’t afford these things …but, still want these things…so, we start to figure out how to make these things in the USA again. Should this happen…Mexico and a whole bunch of outsource countries WILL suffer…contrary to what Slim is suggesting. So….something else to throw into the equation…..

    Like

%d bloggers like this: