Trump Was Spineless in Mexico
Former Bill Clinton campaigner and advisor believes that Trump failed to negotiate his wall with Mexican President Nieto.
The Hill reports:
Paul Begala, former Bill Clinton campaign heavyweight and current CNN commentator, bluntly states that GOP nominee Donald Trump “wimped out” in his meeting with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto regarding his signature issue — that “Mexico will pay for the wall.” (Then Trump lied about it.)
“Who pays for the wall?”
Trump: We did not discuss that.
How do you say “wimped out” in espanol?
— Paul Begala (@PaulBegala) August 31, 2016
Former Mexican President Felipe Calderón was not as nice in his comments; he said that Trump was “lying” when he said nice statements about Mexican-Americans. Simply stated by Calderón, Trump should have apologized to Peña Nieto and the Mexican people for his ugly words on June 16, 2015 (that most Mexican immigrants to the U.S. are not the “best people” and that many are “bringing drugs” and “bringing crime” and are “rapists”).
Calderón is clear: Trump owes Mexicans an apology, period. Former President Vicente Fox says the same, in addition to having declared earlier that Mexico is “not going to pay for his f—— wall.”
Trump’s comments to the Mexican president must have drawn a chuckle, at least, if not outright laughter from Peña Nieto when he stated his five points:
- “Ending illegal immigration.” Stopping illegal immigration into the U.S. and Mexico which would be fairly simple if Trump would reject his present advisers and ask the farmers of the country what they would like to see.
- “Having a secure border is a sovereign right and mutually beneficial.” Securing the border, 2,000 miles complete with mountains, deserts, rivers and even some ocean? Yeah, right.
- “Dismantling drug cartels and ending the movement of illegal drugs, weapons, and funds across our border.” As if the total fault of the drug market lies with the cartels. News for Trump: fault lies with the Americans who fill their noses with various narcotics or stick needles in their arms.
- “Improving NAFTA.” Trump didn’t itemize any improvements except to mention the outflow of American jobs. Trump continues to blame NAFTA for jobs being lost when, in fact, technology is the main culprit, as well as heavy-duty American governmental regulations and taxes.
- “Keep manufacturing wealth in our hemisphere.” But Trump has said that “Mexico is not our friend;” that “NAFTA has been a far greater benefit to Mexico than it has been to the United States.”
Though Trump brags he has hired thousands of “Hispanics,” we see none around him in the campaign or in his company’s hierarchy. We see few nationally known or reputable Mexican-Americans supporting Trump at any level. Many of the Hispanics who are supporting Trump are on the East Coast and are not of Mexican ancestry.
Regardless, Trump chickened out in his face-to-face with Peña Nieto about who will pay for his wall. He says the subject of who pays for the wall didn’t come up. He lied.
The official spokesperson for Peña Nieto told the press that the subject did come up and Peña Nieto told Trump that Mexico will not pay for the wall. Peña Nieto also tweeted that he told Trump at the beginning of the meeting that Mexico would not pay for the wall.
Al inicio de la conversación con Donald Trump dejé claro que México no pagará por el muro.
— Enrique Peña Nieto (@EPN) August 31, 2016
Peña Nieto has long been clear: Mexico will not pay for Trump’s wall. After Vicente Fox publicly declared that Mexico would not pay for the wall back in February, Trump haughtily declared that “wall just got 10 feet taller” and the debate crowd cheered.
The takeaway by American Hispanics, especially the vast majority that are of Mexican origin, is that Trump is spineless.
Trump’s Phoenix speech followed his visit to Mexico and he stated there how much he loved the Mexican people, but lamented the deaths of “countless Americans” at the hands of illegal aliens. Another Trump lie. He presents no real proof that “countless Americans” have been killed by illegal aliens. Typical.
His immigration plan, finally: Round up the bad people on day one and deport them. Threaten American companies if they make business decisions to move to Mexico or Canada. Create an immigration reform commission (another one) to change existing laws. Sunset immigration laws (that is good). No path to citizenship ever.
The Trump Phoenix speech on immigration was a waste of time. Apparently none of his brilliant advisers have told him that only 3.5 percent of the population is in the country illegally. He wants to “take our country back” from that 3.5 percent. Legal work permits issued through employers would solve 99 percent of the illegal alien problem; that includes those already here.
Contreras formerly wrote for Creators Syndicate and the New American News Service of The New York Times Syndicate.
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