Mexico president’s rating hits new low after Trump victory

11/20/16 Reuters

images-1Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto’s approval rating has slumped to a new low since Donald Trump won the U.S. presidency last week, in part due to his invitation of the real estate tycoon to Mexico during the campaign, a poll showed on Sunday.

The survey by polling firm Buendia & Laredo for newspaper El Universal said approval of Pena Nieto’s performance had fallen to 25 percent from 29 percent in July, hurt by discontent about the economy, rising violence and failure to battle corruption.

Pena Nieto’s six-year term concludes at the end of November 2018, and opinion polls show his centrist Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) faces an uphill battle to retain power after the next presidential election, scheduled for July 2018.

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Mexico president to show ‘pragmatism’ dealing with Trump

11/15/16 Reuters

images (1).jpgMexico will need to show “enormous pragmatism” in its dealings with Donald Trump’s government, President Enrique Pena Nieto said on Tuesday, as his administration prepares to seek common ground on trade and immigration issues.

Mexico is on tenterhooks awaiting the accession of Trump to the U.S. presidency because of his repeated threats on the campaign trail to impose tariffs on Mexican-made goods and seal the country off behind a massive border wall.

Acknowledging that Trump’s victory had generated some uncertainty, Pena Nieto reiterated his government would pursue dialogue with the next U.S. government to reach agreements.

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Peña Nieto: ‘Mexico and the USA are friends’

11/9/16 The Washington Post

PenaNietoThe morning after Donald Trump’s victory, the president of Mexico, Peña Nieto, expressed his willingness to work with the president-elect.

“I congratulate the USA on its electoral process and I reiterate to Donald Trump our willingness to work together in support of bilateral relations,” Nieto said on Twitter, according to the Guardian.

“Mexico and the USA are friends, partners and allies that must continue collaborating for the competitiveness and the development of North America.”

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Enrique Peña Nieto: Mexican presidents don’t set out to ‘screw’ the country

10/25/16 The Guardian

A US cable claimed Televisa gave the Mexico State governor Enrique Peña Nieto wide coveragePresidents of Mexico do not wake up thinking how to “screw” the country, the current office holder Enrique Peña Nieto said on Tuesday, seeking to defend his record in government and encourage positive thinking. Peña Nieto’s reputation has been dented by abuses by security forces, conflict-of-interest scandals and political corruption. It took a fresh hit this summer when he hosted the US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump in Mexico City on 31 August for a hastily arranged visit that surprised many members of his cabinet.

Trump has long pilloried Mexico, pledging to isolate the country behind a huge border wall and saying the United States’ southern neighbor has been sending rapists and drug smugglers north. Speaking at an event in Mexico City organized by the newspaper El Financiero and Bloomberg, Peña Nieto urged an audience of business people and politicians to take an optimistic view of Mexico, even if that did not mean talking up the government.

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“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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