Donald Trump headed to Mexico Wednesday to meet with the President of Mexico.
Donald Trump said in Mexico Wednesday that he had a “great substantive, constructive exchange of ideas” with President Enrique Peña Nieto and said that the countries hoped to work together on five objectives — including renegotiating NAFTA and recognizing “the right of either country to build a physical barrier or wall on any of its borders.”
“Having a secure border is a sovereign right, and mutually beneficial,” the Republican nominee said after a closed-door session with the Mexican President. “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.
“Cooperation toward achieving the shared objective, and it will be shared, because the safety for all citizens is paramount to the United States and Mexico,” Donald Trump said.
He said that neither he nor President Peña Nieto discussed who would pay for the Wall. “We did discuss the Wall. We didn’t discuss payment.”
The trip puts Mr. Trump in a country just hours before he delivers a anticipated speech in Arizona on illegal immigration, a defining issue of his presidential campaign.
The visit came at the invitation of President Enrique Pena Nieto.
“The American people are going to see more clearly that there’s one candidate in this race who’s prepared to take the steps necessary to end the flood of illegal immigration,” Donald Trump’s running mate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, said Wednesday.
Donald Trump will also make it clear, “that there will be no path to legalization, no path to citizenship. People will need to leave the country to be able to obtain legal status or obtain citizenship.”
Donald Trump accepted an invitation offered last week by Pena Nieto. Hillary Clinton received the same invite, but did not respond.
Campaigning in Ohio, Democrat Hillary Clinton jabbed at Mr. Trump’s Mexican visit as she promoted her own experience working with foreign leaders as the former Secretary of State.
Donald Trump has promised, if elected, to deport millions of immigrants who are in the United States illegally, force Mexico to build a wall to secure the nearly 2,000-mile border and renegotiate the NAFTA trade agreement to make it more favorable to the United States.
Pena Nieto has been sharply critical of Donald Trump’s immigration policies, particularly the Republican’s plans to build a Wall and have Mexico pay for it.
He tweeted Tuesday evening, “I believe in dialogue to promote Mexico’s interests in the world and, principally, to protect Mexicans wherever they are.”
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