AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Mexican and Texas officials say the deep red state benefited from the North American Free Trade Agreement more than anywhere in the U.S. and should be the pact's chief defender against a Trump administration wary of it.

Texas Secretary of State Rolando Pablos told a state legislative committee on Monday that Texas and Mexico "have a shared destiny." Carlos Gonzalez Gutierrez, Mexico's consul general in Austin, says "Texas must be its No. 1 champion."