Seeds: Yesterday (August 31st), Donald Trump publically spoke with the President of Mexico, Enrique Peña Nieto. The meeting was rather controversial, especially since in the past, Trump has very publicly threatened to build a wall on the Mexican-American border to keep Mexican immigrants out of the US, adding that he will find a way to make Mexico pay for it.
Core: While it can be agreed that the visit was mostly cordial, there are disputes over what actually happened in regards to the two leaders discussing Mexico paying (or not paying) for the wall Trump has repeatedly spoken about. On one hand, Trump released that the two did discuss the wall, but that they didn’t discuss how it would be paid for. While Nieto claimed on Twitter hours later that he clearly told Trump at the start of the meeting that “Mexico would not pay for the wall.”
Skin: Many Mexicans have felt personally offended by Trump’s statements, especially when he called most Mexican immigrants “rapists and criminals.” This, amongst other reasons (Nieto’s approval ratings are already below 25%) is why many are criticising the Mexican President himself for not standing up against Trump.
Leaves: It is possible that because Nieto simply didn’t stand up to Trump the way Mexicans had hoped, Trump felt he accomplished his goal of being “taken seriously” by a foreign power. However, the Clinton campaign seems to feel differently, as Clinton herself tweeted about Trump’s visit being a failure. While it is not clear whether a 2,000 mile long glorified fence will be built along the border or not, Trump has promised to deport as many of the 11 million illegal immigrants as possible, especially those with a history of crime. He even proposed that the immigrants should pass an ideological certification test to confirm that any immigrant shares the traditional American values.
Food For Thought: What do you think of the meeting? What about Trump’s or Clinton’s foreign policy plans? Who would you support if you voted right now?