Donald Trump made the RIDICULOUS decision to go visit Mexican president Enrique Pena Nieto prior to Trump’s big immigration speech in Arizona Wednesday evening.
Traveling to Mexico has turned out to be a HUGE mistake for Trump.
Officials at the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City reportedly advised Trump’s campaign team NOT to make his last-minute trip Wednesday over difficulties in making snap arrangements. High-profile visits—like those for presidential nominees—generally take weeks to plan. Trump is making the trip to meet with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto just hours before his planned speech on immigration in Arizona.
In addition, and more importantly, Trump is HATED in Mexico. A June survey showed Trump at 75% unfavorability in the country — compared with Hillary Clinton’s 6%. When Ipsos asked people around the world in June who they’d pick in the American presidential contest, no country saw a wider gap than Mexico. Mexico preferred Clinton to Trump by an 88-to-1 margin — an 87-point spread. (The only countries that preferred Trump were China and Russia.) The next-closest countries were Belgium and Sweden, where Clinton was preferred by 66 points. There’s a correlation between Trump’s poll numbers and the Mexican economy: When he does better, the value of the peso has dropped.
You don’t build a coalition by insulting our friends or acting like a loose cannon. You do it by putting in the slow hard work of build relationships. Getting countries to work together was my job every day as your secretary of state. It’s more than a photo-op. It takes consistency and reliability. Actually, it’s just like building personal relationships. People have to get to know that they can count on you. That you won’t say one thing one day, and then say something totally different the next. And it certainly takes more than trying to make up for a year of insults and insinuations by dropping in on our neighbors for a few hours and then flying home again. That is not how it works.
Clinton: "You don’t build a coalition by insulting our friends or being a loose cannon…It's more than a photo op." pic.twitter.com/S0VP6jnTbN
— POLITICO (@politico) August 31, 2016
When will the U.S. stop sending $'s to our enemies, i.e. Mexico and others.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 10, 2014