Quelle surprise! The Mexican president has invited Trump to Mexico for a meeting. And what’s more, Trump is going. Today.
Courtesy of The Washington Post:
The invitation is a stunning move by Peña Nieto, given the grief that Trump’s campaign has caused the Mexican government over the past year. From calling Mexican illegal immigrants rapists and criminals, to vowing to build a wall along the southern border, to threatening to undo the North American Free Trade Agreement, Trump has caused growing alarm in Mexico. Peña Nieto himself likened Trump’s rhetoric to that of Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini, in a March interview with a Mexican newspaper.
To the delight of his U.S. rally crowds, Trump has repeatedly promised to force Mexico to pay for his proposed border wall. Peña Nieto and other Mexican leaders have dismissed the idea as preposterous.
“There is no way that Mexico can pay [for] a wall like that,” Peña Nieto said in a July interview on CNN, adding that he did not agree with Trump’s frequent characterization of illegal immigrants from Mexico as rapists and killers.
The Mexicans love themselves some Donald Trump so this meeting can only go well. 😉
Will #Amnesty Don grab himself a bag of money from Peña Nieto’s office as a deposit for the wall which Mexico has to pay for? Or will #Amnesty Don tell Peña Nieto that he was only kidding about all of the above? Because if he does the latter, Ann Coulter and all of Trump’s fans are going to lose their sh!t. That is the reason they are voting for him.
According to Josh Marshall at TPM…
It’s a general rule of politics not to enter into unpredictable situations or cede control of an event or happening to someone who wants to hurt you. President Nieto definitely does not want Donald Trump to become President. He probably assumes he won’t become president, simply by reading the polls. President Nieto is himself quite unpopular at the moment. But no one is more unpopular than Donald Trump. Trump is reviled. Toadying to Trump would be extremely bad politics; standing up to him, good politics.
Put those factors together and Peña Nieto has massive and overlapping reasons to want to embarrass Trump. At a minimum since he’s probably not eager to create a true international incident, he has zero interest in appearing in any way accommodating or helpful.
Josh wonders if Donald Trump can be that stupid. Why yes. Yes he can.
We shall await the outcome with bated breath.