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Obama unloads on Trump, promises to protect Mexico relationship

President Barack Obama wasted no time Friday delivering another implicit rebuke of Donald Trump on Mexico and immigration, hours after the Republican nominee officially claimed the party mantle to take on presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton in November.

“Let me start by saying something that is too often overlooked, but bears repeating — especially given some of the heated rhetoric that we sometimes hear. The United States values tremendously our enduring partnership with Mexico and our extraordinary ties of family and friendship with the Mexican people,” Obama said at the start of a joint press conference with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto.

Noting that Mexico is the United States’ third-largest trading partner, Obama remarked upon the “millions of tourists, businesspeople, and friends, family” who “cross the border legally” every year.

“On a whole host of issues, from our shared security, to climate change, Mexico is a critical partner, and is critically important to our own well-being,” Obama said. “We are not just strategic and economic partners. We are also neighbors, and we’re friends, and we’re family — including millions of Americans that are tied to Mexico by culture and by language. And that’s why as president, I worked to deepen the partnership between our nations.”

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