Washington, D.C., May 4th, 2018

 

Secretary of Labor, Alexander Acosta,

U.S. Treasurer Jovita Carranza,

Press Secretary Sarah Sanders,

Special Assistant to the President and Deputy Director for the White House Office of Public Liaison Jennifer Korn,

Amigos mexicanos,

Dear friends and members of the Hispanic and Mexican-American communities in the United States,

 

I am honored to be here today and thankful for the opportunity to commemorate such an important date in the history of Mexico.

 

On May 5 of 1862, Mexico won a major battle against one of the most powerful armies of that time, which was trying to establish a regime led by a foreign emperor.

 

The victory of the Battle of Puebla became a symbol of courage, unity and strength, in the pursuit of freedom and justice for our young nation at the time.

 

Here, in the United States, its commemoration by Mexicans and Mexican Americans, known as “Cinco de Mayo”, has spread more and more into American culture and is now an occasion, throughout the country, to recognize Mexican Americans and Hispanics and their significant and invaluable contributions to this great nation.

 

The date serves as an opportunity to recognize our communities, millions of people who have been working, growing, overcoming adversities, thriving, helping others, innovating and contributing tirelessly to the United States for decades, keeping the American Dream alive, as well as the diversity, and vitality that are proper of the American culture.

 

Cinco de Mayo has become, in many ways, a binational celebration of our shared values and a reflection of the deep ties between Mexico and the United States.

 

It is also a reminder that both countries have managed to overcome adverse situations, thanks to the strength and the values of their people.

 

Ladies and Gentleman, dear friends, amigos queridos,

 

The United States and Mexico have much at stake in their relationship.

 

And, as I have said before, our relationship undergoes a difficult time and finds itself at a crossroads.

 

We have at hand the possibility of building a more mature and mutually beneficial relationship. One that respects our differences, acknowledges our common challenges, but above all one that is guided by the notion that we do have a shared future.

 

We are stronger because 25 years ago we decided to trade, to invest, to produce and to work together as a region, through the North American Free Trade Agreement.

 

We are safer because we approach security challenges and the migration phenomenon under the principle of shared responsibility.

 

A strong and successful Mexico is in the interest of the United States, as much as a strong and successful United States is in the interest of Mexico.

 

Muchas gracias por esta celebración.

 

Thank you very much for this celebration.