Donald Trump surprisingly took a detour from his campaign trail to meet in Ciudad de Mexico with Mexico’s president, Enrique Peña Nieto. President Peña Nieto extended the invitation to Trump for a visit on August 31, and needless to say, their discussion was tense! And the results? Shocking!
President Enrique Peña Nieto and GOP candidate Donald Trump gave statements at the presidential palace in Ciudad de Mexico on August 31, following their private meeting. The meeting comes just hours before he’s set to speak on his immigration platform in Phoenix. Eerily subdued, and staying completely on script, Trump announced that he and Peña Nieto had discussed building a border wall, and that the Mexican leader was open to it happening. What?
Calling it a “tremendous honor” to meet with Peña Nieto, Trump revealed that they agreed to the following: “Having a secure border is a sovereign right, and mutually beneficial for both countries. We recognize the right of either country to build a physical barrier or wall on any of its borders to stop the illegal movement of people, drugs and weapons. Cooperation toward achieving a shared objective — and it will be shared — of safety of all citizens is paramount to both the United States and to Mexico.”
Trump says he and Mexican president "recognize & respect" right of either country to build physical barrier or wall. https://t.co/YIjaFgoxQ6
— ABC News (@ABC) August 31, 2016
Trump emphasized that they did not get into the matter of who would pay for the infamous wall, which he has long vowed to erect between the United States and Mexico. He’s pledged in the past that he would force Mexico to pay for it, and it’s a talking point that he often pushes to get his supporters fired up. But Peña Nieto has repeatedly refused to entertain the notion, so it’s particularly noteworthy that their discussion didn’t include this point.
It was an unexpected move that President Nieto invited Trump to meet with him in the Mexican capital, considering Trump’s repetitious remarks on undocumented immigration, and slams against the people of Mexico. Immigration has been Trump’s defining presidential platform since he announced he was running for office; he called Mexicans “rapists” and “murders.” In recent interviews, Trump has said that he’s “softening” on his immigration stance, and it appears from his gentler tone in Ciudad de Mexico that this may be the case. But in terms of his controversial views, Peña Nieto has been one of the candidate’s harshest critics, comparing Trump to Hitler and Mussolini for his bigoted views:
“There have been episodes in the history of humanity, unfortunately, where these expressions, this strident rhetoric has only really been (a) very fateful stage in the history of mankind,” he told Excelsior newspaper. “That’s how Mussolini got in, that’s how Hitler got in.”
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