Mexico President Gets a Bounce From Clash With Trump

1/29/2017 New York Times

Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto and first lady Angelica Rivera salute during the military parade celebrating Independence Day at the Zocalo square in downtown Mexico CityWASHINGTON — Just a few days ago, Enrique Pena Nieto was a pariah president, dogged by protests and cursed with the lowest approval rating for a Mexican leader in recent history.

No more, thanks to Donald Trump.

Months of Trump’s insults to Mexican migrants, threats to build a vast border wall to keep out them out, deport those who’ve arrived and impose crippling taxes on Mexican exports were met with teeth-clenched restraint by Pena Nieto’s government — infuriating many Mexicans.

But when Trump repeatedly insisted Pena Nieto accept paying for the wall, Pena Nieto finally had enough and scrapped a planned Jan. 31 meeting with Trump in Washington.

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