Donald Trump Says Mexico Will Pay 'Full Price' for Border Wall

© AFP 2022US presidential candidate Donald Trump leaves after a joint press conference with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto (out of frame) in Mexico City on August 31, 2016.
US presidential candidate Donald Trump leaves after a joint press conference with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto (out of frame) in Mexico City on August 31, 2016. - Sputnik International
US Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has insisted Mexico will pay full price for a border wall. In a major speech in Arizona on Wednesday, Trump also stressed that there must be "zero tolerance for criminal aliens.” ”Sputnik asked Hector Perla, Senior Researcher at the Council on Hemispheric Affairs in Washington, for comment.

“All this talk about the wall, just like his trip to Mexico, is just a political ploy. He tries to appeal to his white nationalist base. He also tries to show America’s Latino community that he is welcome in Mexico, that he is not racist. As for the general US public, he has serious image problems there in terms of his ability to represent the US internationally. This is the purpose of his trip, but in reality, this is already starting to backfire on him,” Hector Perla said.

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He added that for Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto, who is not very much liked in his own country, this was a chance to show his political base at home that he is standing up to Trump.

When asked if the Mexicans had been outraged by Trump’s visit, Hector Perla said that people were “furious” about the Republican firebrand’s incendiary comments.

Donald Trump has actually lost quite a lot of votes because of what he has been saying. Even though there were many people cheering him in Arizona, just a few members of America’s Latino community are actually going to vote for Trump in November.

Hector Perla said that on a national level, a recent Gallup poll showed that about two thirds of Americans opposed the deportation of Mexicans and even among white Americans support for building a wall on the US-Mexican border was only 41 percent, not to mention the country’s growing Latino population.

“This is particularly important in such battleground states as Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Ohio and Nevada with their large Latino communities. In this sense, Trump is digging his own grave,” Hector Perla insisted.

On Wednesday, Trump flew to Mexico City and held an hour of talks with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, where they discussed a range of issues including commerce and border security.

Mexicans reacted with dismay and outrage to Trump’s visit. The general sentiment was clear: Trump wasn’t welcome in Mexico and shouldn’t have been invited to come.

Trump is not the only presidential candidate to travel abroad during an election in recent years. In 2008, then-US Senator Barack Obama delivered a speech in Berlin amid the presidential race, and Mitt Romney toured Europe in 2012.

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