Clinton camp blasts Trump’s Mexico visit

08/31/16 Politico

Dario Lopez-Mills - AP (2)Donald Trump’s meeting in Mexico with President Enrique Peña Nieto ahead of his immigration speech Wednesday night in Phoenix will not change anything about what he has previously said about the country or its people, a top aide for Hillary Clinton’s campaign said.

“From the first days of his campaign, Donald Trump has painted Mexicans as ‘rapists’ and criminals and has promised to deport 16 million people, including children and U.S. citizens. He has said we should force Mexico to pay for his giant border wall.

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What Donald Trump Has Said About Mexico and Vice Versa

08/31/16 ABC News

trumpDonald Trump is traveling to Mexico today to meet privately with the country’s president, just hours before the Republican presidential nominee is slated to deliver a formal speech focused on immigration.

Mexico has been a contentious talking point in Trump’s campaign. Here’s a look back at some of the controversial remarks Trump has made about the country and its people, and vice versa.

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Donald Trump’s visit to Mexico is greeted with hostility online

08/31/16 The Guardian 

DonaldTrumpPinataDonald Trump’s surprise decision to visit Mexico, the country he wants to seal off from the US with a security wall, has not been warmly received south of the border.

Mexico’s president, Enrique Peña Nieto, who has previously compared the Republican presidential nominee to Hitler and Mussolini, tried to strike a more emollient tone, tweeting: “I believe in dialogue to promote the interests of Mexico in the world and to protect Mexicans wherever they are.”

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Mexico Wonders Why Its President Is Meeting With Trump

08/31/16 The New York Times 

A US cable claimed Televisa gave the Mexico State governor Enrique Peña Nieto wide coverageMEXICO CITY — President Enrique Pena Nieto awoke to a storm of criticism from Mexicans over his decision to meet Wednesday with Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, who is widely reviled in Mexico for referring to its migrants as rapists and criminals.

Immigrant rights activist Maria Garcia said she was already rushing out of her house Wednesday morning to buy cloth for a banner to carry at one of several protests called to coincide with Trump’s visit. The former Chicago resident said she plans to paint, “Trump, You’re not welcome here” on it.

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Donald Trump’s visit may already be a lose-lose situation for Mexico’s president

08/31/16 Business Insider

5440004897_59659815f4_oTo the shock and wonder of many on both sides of the border, US Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump announced this week that he would visit Mexico on Wednesday ahead of his much-anticipated speech on immigration, a trip confirmed by Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto.

Peña Nieto said he extended aninvitation to both Trump and Hillary Clinton, the Democratic nominee, but the visit by Trump — after months of his disparaging Mexico and Mexican immigrants on the campaign trail — has already been decried by observers on both sides of the border as a considerable misstep by the embattled Mexican leader.

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Lewandowski: Trump’s Mexico visit could change relations

08/31/16 Politico

Donald Trump’s meeting with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto demonstrates the Republican nominee’s “leadership,” former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski said Wednesday, suggesting that the gathering could reset relations between the businessman and a country he has regularly bashed on the campaign trail.

Lewandowski, who still regularly speaks with Trump, declared on CNN’s “New Day” that the Mexico City get-together is significant because it provides him with an opportunity to meet with “the head of another foreign country.”

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Donald Trump’s high-risk, low-reward trip to Mexico is sort of baffling

08/31/16 The Washington Post 

5440004897_59659815f4_oIt is barely worth pointing out that Donald Trump’s surprise visit to Mexico on Wednesday won’t do President Enrique Peña Nieto much good. Peña Nieto is deeply unpopular in his home country, with a quarterly survey from the newspaper Reforma putting his favorability at 23 percent — a figure so low that it makes Trump himself, at 35 percent, seems positively embraced.

That 35 percent is in the United States, of course. In Mexico, Trump’s a lot less popular. A June survey showed Trump at 75 percent unfavorability in the country — compared with Hillary Clinton’s 6 percent. When Ipsos asked people around the world in June who they’d pick in the American presidential contest, no country saw a wider gap than Mexico. Mexico preferred Clinton to Trump by an 88-to-1 margin — an 87-point spread.

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