We shall see if Donald Trump’s last minute trip to Mexico to meet with President Enrique Peña Nieto works out as a net positive for him.
What’s clear right now is that a LOT of the Mexican people are not pleased to hear he was visiting there today. Especially former President Vincente Fox.
From Talking Points Memo:
“We don’t like him. We don’t want him. We reject his message. I don’t understand why President Pena has offered this opportunity. I think it’s nothing more than a political stunt,” Fox said on CNN’s “New Day.” “Trump is using Mexico, is using President Pena to boost his sinking poll numbers. I think that President Pena is taking an enormous political risk by hosting Trump. If he’s perceived as going soft on Trump, it will hurt him greatly.”
Fox is not a big fan of Trump. He made headlines in February when he told Trump that Mexico is “not going to pay for that fucking wall,” and he later called Trump a “false prophet.”
On Wednesday, Fox told CNN that Trump’s decision to meet with the Mexican president is an “opportunistic move.” He also blasted Trump for lying.
“You cannot cheat people. You have to be straight. You have to speak the truth,” Fox said, adding that he hopes Americans will “finally see what is behind Trump, this false prophet that is just cheating everybody.”
Fox said he does not understand why the country’s president invited Trump to meet with him, but said he hopes he “will take a very firm stand” and call on Trump to apologize to Mexicans.
When asked about Trump’s recent comments on immigration and whether the Republican nominee may be softening his position, Fox said that he can’t “trust” Trump.
“How can we grant confidence and support to ideas that change every day? He’s cynical. He continues to disregard its [sic] own people and disregard Mexicans,” he said, adding that Trump cannot win over both “xenophobic” voters and minorities.
Former Pres. Vincente Fox on @realDonaldTrump: “He is not welcome to Mexico.” pic.twitter.com/htMqkt7Rqn
— Correct The Record (@CorrectRecord) August 31, 2016
Trump, as usual, tried to take on Fox via Twitter, but Fox is no shrinking violet:
Former President Vicente Fox, who is railing against my visit to Mexico today, also invited me when he apologized for using the “f bomb.”
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 31, 2016
@realDonaldTrump, I invited you to come and apologize to all Mexicans. Stop lying! Mexico is not yours to play with, show some respect.
— Vicente Fox Quesada (@VicenteFoxQue) August 31, 2016