“Mexico president says Trump visit could have been done better”

10/24/2016 Reuters

Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto on Sunday defended his decision to host a visit by U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump to Mexico, but he said it could have been carried out “in a better way”.

The hastily arranged meeting of Trump and Pena Nieto on Aug. 31 sparked outrage in Mexico because of Trump’s verbal attacks on Mexicans as well as his threats to build a border wall and tear up trade deals with Latin America’s No. 2 economy.

“I faced a dilemma of ‘yes or no’ once I had made the proposal and he said ‘yes.’ Because, at the end of the day, its all about ensuring the best interests of Mexico, even if it could be very controversial, as it turned out to be,” Pena Nieto said in an interview on Mexico’s Canal 11 television.

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No barriers can stop immigration: Mexican president at U.N.

09/19/16 Reuters

A US cable claimed Televisa gave the Mexico State governor Enrique Peña Nieto wide coverageEfforts to stop immigration and the mix of cultures are bound to fail, Mexico’s President Enrique Pena Nieto told a United Nations summit on migrants and refugees on Monday, as his country’s northern border has become an issue in the U.S. presidential election campaign.

Pena Nieto took a public opinion shellacking for hosting Republican Party candidate Donald Trump on Aug. 31 because Trump has repeatedly vowed to build a border wall to keep out illegal immigrants and said Mexico would pay for it.

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Trump casts a shadow over Mexico’s most important patriotic holiday

09/15/16 The Washington Post

Donald Trump’s rhetoric about immigrants has haunted Mexico for months. On Thursday, the candidate cast a shadow over the country’s independence day celebrations, with protesters criticizing President Enrique Peña Nieto for having met with the Republican presidential hopeful.

“A lot of people, including me, see this as treason,” said Eduardo Martínez Rodríguez, a psychology student marching against the president. “Peña Nieto invited him and didn’t say to his face what he said earlier in an interview,” when he compared Trump’s rhetoric to Hitler and Mussolini. “This guy [Trump] basically came and vomited in Los Pinos” (the presidential palace).

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Donald Trump says he didn’t “choke” on getting Mexico to pay for wall

09/06/16 CBSNews

17190003726_efac0b42e2_oRepublican nominee Donald Trump insisted that he didn’t “choke” on getting Mexico to pay for the wall he’s promised to build on the southern border.

Trump is referring to a statement Clinton made last week following his last-minute visit with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto in the country’s capital. At a rally, she said Trump had “choked” when he failed to discuss who was paying for the wall during his meeting with the Mexican president.

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Jorge Ramos: Mexico’s Shrinking President

09/06/16 Fusion

Jorge Ramos.jpgWhat was Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto thinking when he invited Donald Trump to Mexico City? He was thinking that he could outsmart Trump, of course. But as everyone saw, Peña Nieto had underestimated his opponent.

Last week’s episode will be remembered as one of the lowest points in Peña Nieto’s presidency — and that’s saying a lot, given the scandals that have enveloped his administration in recent years. Among them: the still-unresolved case of the missing college students in Ayotzinapa, the violent teachers’ strike in Nochixtlán, the “Mexican White House” scandal, and the recent allegations involving the first lady’s condo in Florida and the potential government contractor who paid property taxes for the condo.
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Mexico considers bill to revoke US treaties if Trump wins election

09/05/16 Financial Times

Dario Lopez-Mills - AP (2)So you want to play hardball Mr Trump? Mexico is to consider revoking a series of bilateral treaties — including the 1848 agreement that transferred half its territory to the US — if the Republican candidate wins the presidency and rips up the North American Free Trade Agreement, according to a bill to be presented to Congress.

The initiative, to be proposed on Tuesday by Armando Ríos Piter, a leftwing senator, follows last week’s much-criticised meeting between Mexico’s President Enrique Peña and the US presidential contender Donald Trump, which inflamed public opinion and sparked a cabinet rift.
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Why Did Peña Nieto Invite Trump to Mexico?

09/01/16 The New York Times 

A US cable claimed Televisa gave the Mexico State governor Enrique Peña Nieto wide coverageMexico City — Mexico’s president, Enrique Peña Nieto, had already had a terrible summer. July was the most murderous month in Mexico since he took office in 2012. Second-quarter results showed negative economic growth for the first time in three years. A survey found his approval rating slipping to 23 percent. And a news report even alleged that he plagiarized nearly a third of his law degree thesis. How could he make it any worse? Only by inviting Donald J. Trump, one of the most hated men in Mexico — so hated that piñatas with his visage are brisk sellers across the country — to his presidential palace.

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