Politicians in Mexico united in their condemnation over US President Donald Trump’s decision this week to deploy the National Guard at the US-Mexico border, a direct result of the large ‘caravan’ of illegal immigrants (mostly from Honduras) that was heading to the US without direct interference of Mexican officials.
The decision by the US president to send up to 4,000 troops to enhance security was slammed as a populist ploy both by the current Mexican President Mr Enrique Pena Nieto as well as the two leading candidates in the country's July presidential race.
According to Mexican President Mr Nieto such "threatening attitudes and a lack of respect" for his country from the current White House administration were regretful, as he believed Mr Trump was clearly jeopardizing an already troubled relationship between the countries just to score points with his base.
During a national address, the Mexican President said: "If your recent statements are caused by your frustration over internal political matters, your laws or your Congress, take it up with them, not the Mexican people."
"We are not going to allow negative rhetoric to define our actions."
The current frontrunner for the Mexican presidential election in July, the leftwing Mr Lopez Obrador claimed that Mr Trump’s decision was based on misinformation: "He's using all this campaign against Mexico as propaganda, that is the only way I can explain that he's trying to send military forces to the border."
Mr Ricardo Anaya, currently second-place in the presidential election polls, stated: "You cannot negotiate or cooperate with threats."
"We must make it clear to President Trump that Mexico and the United States can continue to have a profitable relationship, of mutual benefit, or move into a confrontational relationship, where we all lose."