Trump on Tuesday night tweeted that he would accept Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto's invitation to meet with him in Mexico City. Trump has accused Mexico of sending rapists and criminals to the U.S., and President Peña Nieto has compared Trump to noted dictators Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini. Peña Nieto also told CNN that "there's no way" Mexico will be able to pay for a wall between it and the United States, one of Trump's most controversial and popular campaign promises.
No doubt these two guys will be able to work out their differences over a couple of margaritas, amirite?
The timing of Trump's meeting with President Peña Nieto comes only hours before he is expected to give a much-delayed speech on immigration in Arizona. The Washington Post reported that Breitbart executive and recent Trump hire Stephen Bannon convinced Trump that the trip south of the border would be good publicity.
The ever-resilient Mexico, a land that has been plagued by Zika and UCSD frat boys on Spring Break, reacted with horror and disgust at the idea of Señor Trump crossing their borders.
"Your presence is not welcome in Mexico. Get out! You come to take the photo with whom you have offended," tweeted Miguel Barbosa, a senator with the party of the Democratic Revolution:Former Mexican president Vincente Fox recoiled at the idea of Trump using his homeland as a campaign prop.
"There is no turning back, Trump! Your offenses towards Mexicans, Muslims, and more have lead you to the pit where you are today. Goodbye, Trump!" reads the translated tweet from Fox.Trump responded that Fox had invited Trump to visit. Fox, then the president of Mexico, declared in an interview back in February that he was "not going to pay for that fucking wall." The then-Mexican president initially apologized for his use of profanity but then took back his apology after leaving office. The Mexican ambassador to China, another of Trump's favorite nations, tweeted this: Former Mexico First Lady Margarita Zavala tweeted, "Mr. Donald Trump, although you have been invited, know you are not welcome. The Mexicans have dignity and repudiate your speech of hate." Finally, those north of the border joined in the roasting of Trump's Mexico trip under the trending hashtag #TrumpsMexicoTripSayings:
All in all, it was a superb day for U.S.–Mexico relations.