Update: President Enrique Peña Nieto has disputed Donald Trump's claim to press that payment for the infamous wall was not discussed during their meeting. The Mexican president stated in a tweet that he stressed to the GOP candidate his country is not funding Trump's border wall.
"At the start of the conversation with Donald Trump, I made it clear that Mexico will not pay for the wall," Peña Nieto tweeted after the meeting.
Al inicio de la conversación con Donald Trump dejé claro que México no pagará por el muro.— Enrique Peña Nieto (@EPN) August 31, 2016
Trump's senior communications adviser seemed to shrug off Peña Nieto's assertive tweet, saying the meeting wasn't "a negotiation."
"It was not a negotiation, and that would have been inappropriate. It is unsurprising that they hold two different views on this issue, and we look forward to continuing the conversation," Jason Miller said in a statement.
Despite Donald Trump’s recent flip-flop on his proposed mass deportation raids, he has remained very firm in his plans to build a wall between the United States and Mexico if elected president.
Ironically, during Trump’s impromptu visit to Mexico on Wednesday and meeting with President Enrique Peña Nieto, there was no mention of who was going to fund the construction of this controversial wall, according to The Atlantic.
Trump has declared time and time again that he plans to force Mexico to pay for the wall to keep their citizens from entering the U.S.
However, he obviously didn’t feel very comfortable making such a demand on Mexican soil, because he didn’t even bring it up.
“Who pays for the wall? We didn’t discuss it,” he reportedly said during a short press conference after the meeting.
Evidently, the orange coward was feeling extra spineless today.
During the press conference, president Peña Nieto addressed several topics surrounding relations between Mexico and the U.S., including the NAFTA treaty — which Trump wants to renegotiate or get rid of — and of course, illegal immigration.
“Our countries are very important to each other,” Peña Nieto said. “Mexico is very important for the United States, just as the United States is very important for Mexico.”
Peña Nieto expressed an understanding that each country has a right to secure its borders; however, he is in favor of a collective effort to do so. “I also think that a real collaboration between friends and allies is the best way to attain this.”
As he spoke, Peña Nieto alluded to several of Trump’s controversial remarks about Mexico and its citizens, but he did not directly criticize the candidate.
His seemingly cordial exchange with Trump is a bit odd considering he has previously compared him to the authoritarian, fascist historical leaders Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini.
He let a perfect opportunity pass to really dig into Trump face-to-face.
Trump raised even more eyebrows when it was his turn to speak as he suddenly expressed a new admiration for Mexicans.
“I happen to have a tremendous feeling for Mexican-Americans, not only in terms of friendships but in terms of the tremendous numbers that I employ in the United States, and they are amazing people.”
Where was that “tremendous feeling” when he was calling Mexicans killers and rapists? And if they are so amazing, why does he want to go through such extreme lengths to keep them out of America?
The budding relationship between Peña Nieto and Trump isn't fooling anyone.
The Mexican president is simply a pawn in Trump’s game of trying to appease Mexican-Americans in hopes of obtaining their votes come November.
It’s unclear what Peña Nieto gets from this ploy to help Trump’s campaign, but Trump’s pandering is beyond evident.
Despite his ulterior motive, Trump’s press conference with Peña Nieto is one of the very few times he actually came across remotely presidential.
Although, this was obviously strategic considering he steered clear of mentioning the expectation for Mexico to pay for his wall, and he refrained from using the offensive language about immigrants that he often uses during his U.S. rallies.
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