Obama and Peña Nieto meet, Donald Trump comes up

July 23, 2016 | By Garrett Montgomery More

President Barack Obama and Mexican leader Enrique Peña Nieto meet, and Donald Trump’s name comes up. During the meeting in Washington, Nieto, the president of Mexico, who once compared Trump to Adolf Hitler, surprised reporters by remaining politically correct and saying that he will respect the democratic process in the U.S.

Obama Pena Nieto meet

Barack Obama and Enrique Peña Nieto meet in Washington and are quizzed about Donald Trump.

On Friday, the 57th President of Mexico, Peña Nieto sat down with President Obama to mainly talk about the partnership between the two countries, the economy, climate change, and security but failed to touch upon the drug cartel.

During the press conference, which took place just hours after Trump formally accepted the Republican nomination for president, the two leaders were questioned on the controversial billionaire. Asked to share his thought on the Republican politician, Peña Nieto, who once said that the mogul had similarities with Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini, became coy and was extremely politically correct. He stated:

“The Mexican government respects the democratic process in the U.S. We will not get involved, we will not give our opinion, we will not set any type of position because at the end of the day it is the American people who have to decide who the next president will be,” Nieto said. “And the Mexican government will work in a constructive manner with whomever is elected.”

In the past, Mr. Peña Nieto made it clear that Mexico will not be paying for the wall that Trump has been talking about. Trump, who launched his campaign by saying that Mexicans are killers and rapists, has shared on countless occasions that he will build a “big and beautiful” wall to keep them out, and Mexico will handle the bill.”

POTUS was asked to react to Trump’s speech, he said he did not watch the convention, but read about it. He said:

“This idea that America is somehow on the verge of collapse — this vision of violence and chaos everywhere doesn’t really jibe with the experience of most people. We are not going to make good decisions based on fears that don’t have a basis in fact.”

Obama added:

“The Republicans had an opportunity this week to share their vision with the country and emphasize those issues they thought were important. I’m going to let the American people judge how persuasive their arguments were.”

Obama took the opportunity to tell Trump why he will need more than a wall to resolve the immigration debacle. He shared:

“The benefit of a cooperative Mexico — and by the way, a Mexico that has a healthy economy, a Mexico that can help us build stability and security in Central America — that’s going to do a lot more to solve any migration crisis than a wall,”

This is Mr. Peña Nieto’s second official visit to Washington.


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  1. Luis Barbosa says:

    I found the dialogue between presidents of US and Mexico to be enlightening in both the scope of mutual participation in economic issues and in attempting to stabilize and decrease the violent drug trafficking that is demoralizing both countries. The clarity with which Pres. Obama refuted the dark and dangerous Republican vision of the US was gratifying to hear. The need for both countries to focus on the need to improve infrastructure at the border, so that commerce can proceed unimpeded is of paramount importance for the financial well being of both countries. I feel that more Americans should be privy to this frank discussion about the commonality and benefits that a friendly and prosperous relationship between neighboring countries works to the benefits of both countries, and indeed to the benefit of all of North America including Canada.

    • john perez says:

      I quite agree . It is fortunate that both countries get along as well as support a sincere speech for our democracy. This is how it should be done

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