Mexico offers hurricane help; No decision on whether to accept it

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The Mexican government made a formal offer of help Tuesday as the United States copes with the effects of Hurricane Harvey, the State Department said in response to questions about Mexico's role.

Any such assistance could put President Trump in an awkward spot, since he has insisted that Mexico would pay for a new border wall he promised as a candidate, perhaps through some sort of reimbursement.

"It is common during hurricanes and other significant weather events for the United States to be in close contact with our neighbours and partners in the region to share data and cooperate as needed and appropriate," the State Department said. "In the event that federal assets are not available to meet a specific request, FEMA works with the State Department to coordinate and evaluate any offers of support from a foreign nation that may assist in meeting that need," it said.

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