Trump Is Reportedly Considering a Meeting with the President of Mexico (UPDATED)
Donald Trump, who literally began his campaign by saying that a lot of Mexican immigrants are rapists and murderers, is reportedly considering a meeting with the president of Mexico.
According to The Washington Post, Trump is considering going to Mexico City to meet with President Enrique Peña Nieto hours before his big speech on immigration tomorrow.
Campaign CEO Steve Bannon apparently pushed for this:
Trump’s newly installed campaign chief executive, Stephen K. Bannon, played a key role in devising the stop while Trump met Sunday with his aides and family at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J., according to two people who have been briefed on the campaign’s deliberations.
Bannon, who previously headed the conservative website Breitbart News, made the case to the group that Trump must underscore his populist immigration views in the final weeks of the general-election campaign, perhaps with an audacious gesture.
(And in case you’re wondering, when Bannon was still at Breitbart, the site ran this headline on Nieto: ‘Our Friend,’ Says Clinton About Mexican President with Campaign Allegedly Financed by Cartels.)
The New York Times independently confirmed the Trump campaign’s plans.
And then there’s this follow-up note from WaPo:
UPDATE: Last Friday, President Peña Nieto invited both DJT & HRC to visit Mexico, his office said in a statement on Tuesday night
— Robert Costa (@costareports) August 31, 2016
Well, the only possible snag here, aside from, well, literally every single thing Trump has ever said about Mexico, there’s the fact that Nieto has publicly trashed Trump in very harsh terms.
UPDATE –– 10:36 pm ET: He tweets!
I have accepted the invitation of President Enrique Pena Nieto, of Mexico, and look very much forward to meeting him tomorrow.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 31, 2016
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