Mexico’s richest man Carlos Slim calls rare press conference as Donald Trump tensions escalate

Move comes as US neighbour wrestles with Donald Trump over highly divisive border wall and future trade deals

Gabriel Stargardter,Noe Torres
Friday 27 January 2017 10:10
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Mexican mogul Carlos Slim, who was attacked by President Donald Trump during his election campaign but who later met with the US leader in Florida, has called a press conference for Friday amid growing tensions between the two nations.

The rare news conference, in which a spokesman said Slim would take reporters' questions, comes as Mexico wrestles with Trump over the highly divisive proposition of a border wall and threats to trade between the two neighboring countries.

Trump has consistently riled Mexicans by pledging to build a wall on the US southern border and make Mexico pay for it, as well as threatening to ditch a joint trade deal and impose punitive tariffs on Mexican-made goods.

Those pledges sparked criticism from business leaders including billionaire Slim, who said Trump's plans could destroy the US economy. But following the Nov. 8 election, Slim offered a more upbeat take, saying that if Trump succeeded, it would be good news for Mexico.

In December, after Trump won the US election, the two men dined at Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida, with Arturo Elias, Slim's son-in-law and spokesman, saying the meal was “very cordial and with a very good vibe for Mexico.”

Slim's press conference was set for 12.30pm local time (1830 GMT) on Friday, in Mexico City.

Slim, the top shareholder in The New York Times Co, is one of the world's richest people, with an empire that encompasses telecoms, mining, banking and construction.

Reuters

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