Former Mexican President Fox calls for opium poppy legalization

04/11/2018 Reuters

Vicente_Fox_2Former Mexican President Vicente Fox proposed on Wednesday the legalization of opium poppy production as a way to help end bloody turf battles fought by drug cartels in various parts of the country.

Fox served as president from 2000-2006 with the center-right National Action Party but has since distanced himself from the party. In the past, he has also advocated for the legalization of marijuana.

“The plants themselves are not harmful, we make them harmful, (especially) the criminals who use them for evil purposes,” Fox said at a pro-marijuana event in the capital.

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Former Mexican President Fox endorses legalization of all drugs, defends Dreamers

02/19/2018 Dallas News

Vicente_Fox_2Former Mexican President Vicente Fox says he has solutions for two U.S.-Mexico challenges: legalize all drugs and legalize immigrants known as Dreamers.

Fox is a controversial and complicated figure whose positions on issues on both sides of the border raise eyebrows. He’s promoting his new book Let’s Move On. But he got his fame as the former Coca-Cola executive and rancher who knocked Mexico’s authoritarian Institutional Revolutionary Party out of power after seven decades of rule in 2000.

Noting that governments haven’t been able to find solutions to their people’s drug problems, on Monday the 75-year-old ex-president said once again that legalizing drugs would cut crime and violence.

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Former Mexican diplomat: ‘There are ways’ Mexico could pay for wall

09/22/16 New York Post

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A former top Mexican diplomat believes Donald Trump could get Mexico to pay for a border wall. Easily.

“If [Trump] really wants Mexico to pay for the wall, he has many ways of getting many Mexicans to pay for the wall,” Jorge Castañeda, Mexico’s former foreign affairs secretary, told the Hudson Institute this week,according to The Weekly Standard.

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Mexican officials condemn Trump trip

08/31/16 The Hill

Vicente_Fox_2Current and former Mexican lawmakers angrily denounced reports late Tuesday that Donald Trump was planning to meet Mexico’s president Wednesday.

“There is no turning back, Trump, your offenses towards Mexicans, Muslims and more, have led you to the pit where you are today. Goodbye, Trump!” former Mexican President Vicente Fox tweeted.

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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.

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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.

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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.”

 

 

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