Mexico, Hit by Its Own Disasters, Can't Help Texas After All

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Hurricane Katia is strengthening as it bears down on Mexico's Gulf coast.

It says the storm was centered about 130 miles north of the port of Veracruz and it seems headed for strike early Saturday in an area known as the Emerald Coast that is popular with Mexican tourists.

"Given this situation, the Mexican government will channel all available logistical support to the families and communities that have been affected in Mexico and has informed the Texas and USA governments that, unfortunately, on this occasion, it won't be possible to provide the assistance originally offered to Texas in late August in the wake of Hurricane Harvey", according to the Foreign Ministry's statement.

On Sept. 6, Mexico received word that the US had accepted its offer, but would only need "logistical support" from the country, as the need in Texas had "declined considerably", according to the statement from Mexico.

Despite Trump's provocation, Mexico still affirmed that it would aid Harvey victims. "Mexico will be alert to developments related to this hurricane in the coming days and hopes that Florida, Texas and Louisiana soon recover from the damage caused by the hurricanes that have struck them".

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A woman tries to clean up in the aftermath of Thursday's natural disaster in Juchitan Municipality, Oaxaca State, Mexico.

In fact, Mexico's offer of Harvey aid came hours after Trump attacked the country on Twitter, calling it "one of the highest crime nations in the world" and claiming, once again, that Mexico will pay for a border wall.

"[Mr] Tillerson offered his condolences for the loss of life and the devastation caused by the quake in Mexico and from Hurricane Katia", State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said.

The letter also noted that it was on August 27 that Mexican officials offered specific assistance to Texas in a phone call with Abbott, followed up by an offer of assistance to the U.S. State Department on August 28.

"He emphasized ... that the USA government stands ready to assist our neighbors in Mexico during this hard time", a State Department spokesperson told The Los Angeles Times.

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