Former Mexican President Vicente Fox said the feud had sparked a sense of solidarity in Mexico. "Trump has brought back a very strong Mexican spirit and we’re ready for the trade war, and we’re ready, of course, for not paying for that wall," he told NBC.
“We are at the very lowest point since the war between Mexico and the United States,” referencing the nearly two-year Mexican-American War prompted by the U.S. annexing Texas in 1845.
Mr Vicente Fox has been an outspoken critic of Trump and his border wall proposal.
“I’m not going to pay for that f**king wall,” Fox told Fusion in February. “He should pay for it.”
Mexico is America’s third-largest trading partner, and 10 millions of US jobs are tied to the bilateral trade relationship. That relationship is even more vital to Mexico’s economy as 80 per cent of the country’s exports head north to the US.
Tensions came to a head when Trump signed an executive order to advance construction on a border wall between the United States and Mexico.
The proposal prompted criticism from across the political spectrum because the tax would force US consumers to pay more for everything from avocados to cars.
Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto canceled a trade meeting with Trump.
Throughout the primaries and into the general election Trump continually used the relationship as an example of the US being trampled by other countries.
He contends Mexico is “killing” the US on trade and “at the border”, but maintains that the relationship will ultimately be strengthened through his leadership.