Citizens of Mexico are planning a boycott of several major American businesses in response to President Donald Trump’s increasingly harsh rhetoric towards their country. The Trump administration has suggested a 20 percent tax on imports from Mexico.
An online campaign in Mexico has been launched with the aim of targeting American companies and could potentially harm the US economy. Mexico is the United States’ third largest trading partner and major American corporations have large market shares in the country.
The campaign is aiming to boycott McDonalds, Coca-Cola, Starbucks and Walmart among others, some of the largest US corporations, all of which have global reach. The boycott comes in response to the Trump administration’s increasingly bellicose rhetoric toward Mexico.
The new administration has said it wants to re-open negotiations on NAFTA, a landmark free trade agreement that has benefited Mexico and a number of central American nations. Trump has insisted that a border wall with Mexico must be built and that Mexico must pay for it. The Mexican government has repeatedly said it will not pay for a border wall.
Relations between Mexico and America appear to be at a historic low. A planned meeting between the presidents of the two nations scheduled for next week has been cancelled in an unusual rebuke to the administration.