Secretary of State Tillerson planning trip to Mexico amid tense relations

fox newsIn what could be his first official trip abroad since becoming secretary of state, the State Department announced on Wednesday that Rex Tillerson will travel to Mexico sometime in the next few weeks.

What would normally be a fairly routine visit for the United States’ top diplomat looks to be anything but as the trip comes at a time of newly strained relations between Washington and one of its closest allies. President Trump’s executive order on immigration and the border wall and his fiery rhetoric on issues ranging from border security to free trade have caused major blowback south of the border and iced over the once warm diplomatic relations between the two nations.

Experts contend that Tillerson – the former CEO of oil giant ExxonMobil – has a difficult task ahead of him as he will have to espouse the Trump administration’s policies while also attempting to assuage the concerns of a wary Mexican government. …

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