President Trump on Thursday claimed the reason he did not reach out to Mexican president Enrique Peña Nieto in the immediate wake of the country’s deadly magnitude 8.1 earthquake was because there was no cellphone reception in Mexico.
“Spoke to President of Mexico to give condolences on terrible earthquake. Unable to reach for 3 days b/c of his cell phone reception at site,” Trump claimed in a tweet.
Spoke to President of Mexico to give condolences on terrible earthquake. Unable to reach for 3 days b/c of his cell phone reception at site.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 14, 2017
The earthquake, which struck the country on Thursday, left at least 96 people dead and prompted White House Communications Director Sarah Huckabee Sanders to claim on Tuesday that a phone call between the pair was imminent.
The Los Angeles Times reports that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called Foreign Relations Secretary Luis Videgaray on Monday to offer condolences over the earthquake.
Mexico withdrew its offer of aid to the U.S. following Hurricane Harvey’s landfall in Texas after the country was hit by two natural disasters—the earthquake and Hurricane Katya.
A statement released by Mexico’s foreign ministry said: “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 US 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.”
“It’s been a week and a half. If you didn’t have cell phone service or three days why couldn’t you contact him after that?” user Ed Krassenstein wrote, while another, David Putnam added: “Wow, Trump is just now getting to the Mexico earthquake disaster. Most (good) people would send condolences immediately.”