What billionaire Carlos Slim said about American workers is sure to cause angst on this side of the border.
As relations between Mexico and the United States grow more tense over the issues of immigration, trade, and which nation will pay for a border wall, one of the world’s richest billionaires says he wants to help negotiations between the two nations.
With a net worth of over $50 billion, Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim called President Trump a “great negotiator,” according to CNBC and “that Mexico should not be scared of him or assume things will go badly.”
At his press conference on Friday, Slim stated, Trump’s strategy “is to shock and provoke.”
In the end, according to CNN, Slim stated that Trump’s “not a terminator, he’s a negotiator.”
However, as he continued to stress the importance of Mexico’s manufacturing capabilities, what Slim said about American workers is sure to cause at least some ill will on the northern side of the border.
Slim called Trump’s decision to move manufacturing irrational and costly, joking that the U.S. needs Mexicans to build the wall. The billionaire said Mexico’s workforce works harder and learns faster than the American workforce. Slim said he hopes Mexico can show the U.S. that they should produce more in his country.
Although the former Clinton-supporting Slim became a Trump target during last year’s campaign due to Slim’s 17% ownership of the New York Times, the two did recently dine together at Trump’s Florida resort in December.
Yes, it is true – Carlos Slim, the great businessman from Mexico, called me about getting together for a meeting. We met, HE IS A GREAT GUY!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 20, 2016