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Diplomat says ties with Mexico will survive ‘rough times’

Published:Friday | September 9, 2016 | 12:00 AM

The United States ambassador to Mexico, Roberta Jacobson, said Thursday that the two countries may go through some "rough times," but relations will get back on track.

"There's no doubt that there are things being said in this election that are ugly, that are offensive to Mexicans and contrary to the reality," but "there's so much that is positive that's happened in the relationship that it survives even if it's tossed about a little bit," Jacobson said.

"There may be rough times ahead for each country ... but in the end we get back to business," she added.

Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto came under widespread criticism last week for inviting Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump to Mexico, without demanding that Trump apologise for comments suggesting Mexican migrants are criminals or "rapists."

Finance Secretary Luis Videgaray, one of Pena Nieto's closest advisers and confidants, resigned Wednesday in a move seen as linked to Trump's visit.

Pena Nieto has taken responsibility for inviting Trump, but newspaper columnists in Mexico have reported that Videgaray was behind idea.