Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump paid a visit south of the United States border on Wednesday to meet with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto and discuss the wall he plans to build separating the two nations once he is handed the keys to the White House.
However, while Trump admits the meeting involved a conversation about constructing a sizeable partition intended to prevent illegal immigrants from gaining entry into the United States, he said they “didn’t discuss” which country would be responsible for financing the wall -- a detail that Trump has maintained since day one of his campaign would most certainly be Mexico.
In fact, earlier this week on ‘Fox and Friends’, Trump’s senior communications advisor Jason Miller explained that “there’s going to be a physical wall, and there will be a physical wall on the Mexico border, and as we know, Mexico’s going to pay for it.”
On Wednesday, Trump called the Mexican people “spectacular” while even going as far as to say that he considers President Nieto “a friend,” before explaining to those in attendance that, "having a secure border is a sovereign right and mutually beneficial.”
“We recognize and respect 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,” Trump said, seeming to try and convince the world that Mexico wants the wall just as bad as he does.
All two-faced niceties aside, the former reality star seems to have forgotten there was a time no so long ago when he spit offensive in the eyes of the Mexican people and their leadership.
Last year, near the beginning of his campaign, Trump told a group of supporters that Mexico was no friend of the United States.
“They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people,” he said.
Interestingly, President Neito, who spoke first during the mid-week sideshow, didn’t take the opportunity to combat the lunatic attacks on Mexico that have surrounded the Trump campaign for over the past year. Instead, Nieto said he was interested in working with the next president to create a “more efficient and more secure” border – suggesting that he could be onboard with Trump’s wall.
But Nieto, too, seems to have changed his tune from the past year, back when he was criticizing Trump for calling his people “criminals” and comparing his strident tone with that of Hitler and Mussolini.
"That's how Mussolini got in, that's how Hitler got in,” Nieto told a Mexican newspaper earlier this year. “They took advantage of a situation, a problem perhaps.”
Nevertheless, President Nieto said in July that he has the “deepest respect” for both presidential candidates and that he is looking forward to working with whoever is elected.
Although Trump’s visit to Mexico seems to have been a the spur-of-the-moment deal, his campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway, told ABC News that her boss actually decided to take the trip last week after President Nieto invited both Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.
Trump is soon expected to reveal more about his immigration plan, which will undoubtedly include the issue of illegal drugs. The Republican candidate has been a bit schizophrenic on this issue throughout the years, suggesting once that the legalization of drugs was necessary because “we’re losing badly the War on Drugs.” However, he was quick last year to point out the “big problems” Colorado was having with the legalization of marijuana.
Still, Trump maintains that he supports states rights on the issue of legalization and that he is for medical marijuana “100 percent.”