The President of Mexico has recently said at a joint press conference with GOP candidate for president Donald Trump that he wishes for his country to increase its endeavors to secure the Mexican border.
Pena Nieto called for the U.S.-Mexico border to be “more efficient and more secure,” adding that his meeting with Trump was “very open and constructive.”
Trump noted during his speech that “having a secure border is a sovereign right and mutually beneficial. We recognize and respect the right of either country to build a physical barrier or wall on any of its borders to stop the illegal movement of people, drugs and weapons.”
Trump has repeatedly called for a wall between the two countries but said he “didn’t discuss” who would pay for it. He mentioned to a reporter that specific conversation will take place later.
“I was straightforward in presenting my views about the impacts of current trade and immigration policies on the United States” Trump said. “We are united by our support of Mexicans.”
However, Former Mexican President Vicente Fox was not happy with the visit, telling Milenio TV that Trump “has offended us, he has deceived us, he has discriminated against us.”
The two previously had a feud back when Trump was still running in the Republican primaries. The billionaire businessman decided to re-engage Wednesday morning, sending out a Tweet regarding Fox’s hypocrisy.
Former President Vicente Fox, who is railing against my visit to Mexico today, also invited me when he apologized for using the “f bomb.”
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 31, 2016
@realDonaldTrump, I invited you to come and apologize to all Mexicans. Stop lying! Mexico is not yours to play with, show some respect.
— Vicente Fox Quesada (@VicenteFoxQue) August 31, 2016
Trump’s campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway, told Fox News that showing willingness to cooperate with other countries is critical, even if you’re not yet president.
Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton has also received an invitation to meet with the Mexican president, but nothing has been arranged.