Mexico cannot work with ‘crazy guy’ Trump, says former Mexican president Fox

08/19/16 Vice News

Vicente_Fox_2Former president Vicente Fox has urged the current Mexican government to make it clear that a Donald Trump presidency would be unacceptable to Mexico.

“You cannot work with a crazy guy,” Fox said of the Republican presidential nominee.

In an interview at his ranch-turned-presidential library in the central Mexican state of Guanajuato, Fox added that reasons of “political correctness” were not enough to persuade him of the need to “accept as my neighbor country’s president a crazy guy.”

The former leader’s comments directly challenged the recent softening of the current Mexican government’s tone on Trump.

Read more…

There’s one wall Mexico could break down

21/06/16 Business Insider

border_at_Tijuana Tomas CastelazoYou may not be alone these days if you believe that Donald Trump will build a wall between the US and Mexico as President of the United States. But rather than paying for it, we could see Mexico in the future breaking down a separate wall that is already creating frictions with the US: the wall of invisible trade barriers.

Two former Presidents of the Latin American nation, Vicente Fox and Felipe Calderon, said in March that there is ” no way ” Mexico would ever pay for such a wall. “We are not going to pay any single cent for such a stupid wall!” Mr. Calderón said. Since Mr. Trump has also rallied against the North American Free Trade Agreement (Nafta) – calling it a ” disaster – it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out how Mexico’s government would feel about any change to the 22-years old trade deal.

Read more…

Ex-Mexican president challenges Trump to debate in Mexico

6/3/16 CBS News

Vicente_Fox_2Former Mexican President Vicente Fox would “love to” debate presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump, but he wants to determine the location.

Fox would like to see “that it’s done in Mexico,” he told WABC in a radio interview Thursday.

“Because I need him to see what Mexico is all about, to see what we Mexicans are all about,” he added. “He will change his attitude toward Mexico.”

The ex-Mexican president, who has compared Trump to Adolf Hitler and has accused the billionaire of peddling “lies and lies and lies,” also invited him to share a meal.

“I invite him to San Cristobal to a free lunch,” Fox said. “No cost for him.”

Later in the interview, he conceded, “I’m willing to come here, to come here, to the States, if it’s for a debate, direct personal debate with him.”

 

 

Read more…

Vicente Fox and Felipe Calderón, 2 Ex-Presidents of Mexico, Say No Way Country Is Paying for Donald Trump’s Wall

2/25/16 New York Times

IV Informe de Gobierno

At almost all of his campaign rallies, Donald J. Trump leads a familiar refrain as he details his plan to build a giant wall along the border with Mexico.

“Who’s gonna pay?” he asks.

Without fail, Mr. Trump’s adoring fans reply, “Mexico!”

While the Mexican government has said little about Mr. Trump’s plan to beef up border security, two of the country’s former presidents have a message for Mr. Trump: Mexico won’t pay.

“I’m not going to pay,” Vicente Fox said, using a profanity to comment about the wall Thursday in an interview with Fusion. “He should pay for it. He’s got the money.”

Mr. Fox, who was president of Mexico from 2000 to 2006, was clear in his opposition to Mr. Trump, calling him “egocentric” and lacking in any political values. Mr. Fox also expressed disbelief that Mr. Trump did well with Hispanic voters in the Nevada caucuses on Tuesday and called on them to open their eyes.\

Read more… 

Mexican state likely to change marijuana law this year, says ex-president

09/22/04 Reuters

marijuana leafA Mexican state could approve medicinal use of marijuana by the end of this year, paving the way for further steps toward legalizing the drug, former Mexican President Vicente Fox said on Monday. Political pressure inside Mexico to liberalize its stance on marijuana has been rising since the U.S. states of Washington and Colorado legalized possession and sale of the drug for recreational use in 2012. In July, opposition lawmakers in the western state of Jalisco put forward a plan to change local drug laws, including permitting the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes.

Read More…

Vicente Fox Criticizes Cuban Government ‘Chupacabras’ After Mexico Waves Debt

taxes -- counting coinsLatin Times, 2/3/14

The administration of Enrique Peña Nieto announced on Friday that it would waive 70 percent of the $487 million in debt Cuba owes to Mexico, according to Reuters.  Former Mexican president Vicente Fox, never too keen on the island’s government, doesn’t like the move.  On Sunday, he compared the Cuban government to the chupacabras, a mythical blood-sucking creature.  “I don’t see why the debt ought to be forgiven,” said Fox.  “Let the Cubans get to work and generate their own money…They’re normally like chupacabras.  The only thing they’re looking for is someone to give them money for free.”

Mexican Finance Minister Luis Videgaray said on Friday that Mexico would pardon much of the longstanding debt (it’s been owed for 15 years) and give Cuba another 10 years to pay the other 30 percent, so that “things would flow well” between the two countries.  Mexico-Cuba relations were tight under the 70-year reign of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) – Animal Politico notes that Mexico was the only Latin American country which elected to defy heavy US pressure to join the 1959 embargo against Cuba – but things changed with the arrival of Vicente Fox in office in 2000.

Read more…

 

Mexico’s Vicente Fox pushes marijuana debate to forefront

marijuanaThe Los Angeles Times, 9/3/2013

Former President Vicente Fox grew up on a farm here in rural Guanajuato, one of Mexico’s most conservative states. He is the kind of guy who wears big belt buckles, collects hand-tooled saddles and worships the free market.

Ask him about his experience with the drug culture and the big man with the cowboy-movie mustache exhibits a kind of straight-laced pique: Never smoked pot, he says. Hardly knew anyone who did.

But Fox has always fancied himself a policy maverick. And these days, the former standard-bearer of Mexico’s conservative National Action Party, or PAN, has emerged as one of Latin America’s most outspoken advocates of marijuana legalization.

Read more