The View From Mexico On Donald Trump

4/7/2016 NPR

I5440002785_7b1ed0ac3e_mt has been a turbulent week for Mexico’s diplomats in the U.S. The reason for the shakeup can be summed up in two words: Donald Trump.

This week, the Republican presidential front-runner released details of one of his oft-repeated campaign promises — to make Mexico pay for construction of a border wall.

The plan, which involves blocking billions of dollars that Mexicans working in the U.S. send back home, seemed to shake up Mexico’s top officials and cause a break in their months of relative silence about Trump’s anti-Mexican comments.

With swift aim, Mexico gave its ambassador in Washington the boot, replacing him with a career diplomat. And a key operative known for his public relations acumen took over one of the highest profile jobs in Mexico’s Foreign Ministry.

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