Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim Helu gave an optimistic news conference in Mexico City on Friday regarding the national outrage caused by the constant attacks of U.S. President Donald Trump against Mexico.
Slim, the world's biggest billionaire loser following Donald Trump's victory, said the real estate mogul plans to grow the U.S. economy by 4 percent, a feat that will be impossible to accomplish without the help of Mexico’s workforce.
According to Forbes, Slim’s fortune plunged from an estimated net worth of US$51.7 billion on Nov. 7, the day before the presidential election, to an estimated US$45.2 billion when markets closed at the end of the day. He is now the seventh richest person in the world. From 2010 to 2013, he was ranked as the richest person in the world.
The Mexican tycoon said he is very calm about Trump's presidency and urged all Mexicans to feel the same. He repeated several times, “The current situation is not favorable for the U.S. and it is very favorable for Mexico.” He also called on reporters to see Trump as the “great negotiator” he has always has been.
"Trump is not Terminator. He is a negotiator," Slim said.
“The best wall that can be built is one that creates opportunities in Mexico, so that people will not leave,” Slim said referring Trump’s promise to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexican border. He also quoted the 2015 book by Trump “Crippled America: How to Make America Great Again” several times.
“He already said everything is his latest book, his government’s program and arguments… He even says that he has no time for political correctness,” Slim said. “The concern is not for us in Mexico, but for Mexicans in the United States and we have to protect them against the hyperactivity of the president Trump.”
When asked if he would consider to run for Mexico’s 2018 presidential elections, as it has been largely speculated in local media, he said that he has no aspirations to be a politician, but only a businessman.