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White House: Mexico Not Fazed by Trump's Call to Build a Wall

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By    |   Friday, 15 Apr 2016 12:36 PM

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's repeated calls to build a wall on our southern border have not affected relations with Mexico, the White House told Newsmax on Thursday.

"It does not appear that the Mexican government thinks very highly of that policy," Press Secretary Josh Earnest said during a regular briefing for White House reporters.

"But in terms of our ability to continue to coordinate effectively to advance the economic and security interests of the United States, it has not been affected. We still have important relationships there."

Earnest did tell Newsmax that the blocking of the president's nominee to be U.S. ambassador to Mexico has affected the rapport with the U.S. and its neighbor to the South.

"I'll tell you one thing that has been affected is that the Senate has been rather slow in confirming the president's eminently well-qualified ambassador to Mexico," said Earnest. "And we've certainly been disappointed to see that process be bogged down by Republicans in the Senate." 

Adding to the growing interest in the blocking of Assistant U.S. Secretary of State Roberta Jacobson's nomination as ambassador is that it is primarily the work of former Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio.

Last November, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee approved Jacobson's nomination by a vote of 12-to-7, but the nomination has languished in the full Senate for five months primarily because Florida Sen. Rubio has objected to her support of friendlier relations with Cuba.

Joining with Rubio in the effort to keep Jacobson from going to Mexico City are five other senators, including the Senate Foreign Relations Committee's ranking Democrat Robert Menendez from New Jersey.  

Along with her stand on Cuba, opponents say, Jacobson is opposed because the failed extradition of drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, who escaped from Mexico's highest security prison in July 2015.

John Gizzi is chief political columnist and White House correspondent for Newsmax.

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