Donald J. Trump is going to pay a visit in Mexico City to President Enrique Pena Nieto.
Let’s just say up front that the Republican presidential nominee’s visit isn’t being hailed universally as a sign that Trump is going to rebuild the many bridges he has burned.
Former Mexican President Vicente Fox said this, according to Politico: “It’s a very opportunistic move, and I hope U.S. public opinion, U.S. citizens can see this and finally, and finally see what is behind Trump, this false prophet that is just cheating everybody,” Fox said during the Skype chat on “New Day” on Wednesday, adding that it is “a desperate move and I don’t see how it can work at all.”
The only way it “works” is for Trump to say he’s sorry for all those incredibly crass things he has said about Mexicans — and about the Mexican government.
Ah, the record is full of highly regrettable statements. This one might be my favorite: It was when he said Mexico “is sending” rapists, murderers, drug dealers and assorted other criminals in the United States. The implication, of course, is that the Mexican government is doing this. How, then, might President Pena Nieto broach that subject with Trump?
How about, too, the idea that Trump is going to “make Mexico pay for the wall”? That has gone over, um, quite badly in Mexico.
And this seems to beg the question: Was the invitation by the head of the very government that Trump has insulted a trap, a set-up made to embarrass the GOP nominee?
Have a good day, Donald Trump.