The first international conflict caused by United States President Donald Trump has prompted social media netizens to launch a social media campaign to boycott American products in Mexico.
On the same day President Trump announced his intention to build a wall along the southern border with Mexico, a social media campaign under the hash tag #AdiosStarbucks emerged on Twitter and Facebook. The gist of the campaign is to prompt social media followers in Mexico to stop consuming products sold by iconic American brands such as Starbucks Coffee, Home Depot and Walmart.
Shortly after the announcement of the Executive Order signed by the American President, his Mexican counterpart canceled a meeting scheduled for late January about the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement, which Trump believes is not good for the U.S.
Responding to questions from American journalists, the White House indicated that Trump is convinced that he can force Mexico to pay for construction of the controversial border wall, which all Members of Congress representing the State of Texas are opposed to. Trump then stated that he would impose a 20 percent tax or tariff on Mexican products coming across the border, an idea that quickly backfired when it became clear that American consumers would end up paying considerably more for these products. A statement from the White House indicates that the tax was just a preliminary idea.
The social media campaign in Mexico is initially having a positive effect for local brands such as Cielito Querido Café, a national chain of coffee shops that competes against Starbucks.