Donald Trump announced late Tuesday he will meet Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto hours before his highly-anticipated speech in Arizona on Wednesday, which is aimed at clarifying his views on immigration policy.
I have accepted the invitation of President Enrique Pena Nieto, of Mexico, and look very much forward to meeting him tomorrow.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 31, 2016
This comes after weeks of Trump wavering on whether he would continue to stand behind his previous call to deport an estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants in the United States.
Peña Nieto's office said in a statement to the Washington Post Tuesday night that he extended an invitation to both Trump and Hillary Clinton to visit Mexico. Clinton's campaign declined, saying "She looks forward to talking with President Peña Nieto at the appropriate time," according to The Washington Post.
Trump is scheduled to hold fundraisers in California Wednesday morning before his immigration speech in Arizona, so the trip to Mexico will likely happen between those events.
According to the Post, Trump's campaign chief executive, Stephen K. Bannon, reportedly encouraged Trump to make the trip because it would show his ability to work with Mexico.
BANNON devised trip to Mexico over wknd but not all Trump allies think it's the best move, per sources... would come ahead of Phoenix speech— Robert Costa (@costareports) August 31, 2016
But Trump still isn't a very popular figure in Mexico.
That was Mexican Senator Miguel Barbosa, who said (per Google Translate): "Repudiating the presence of @realDonaldTrump in Mexico. It is a political error [to] let @EPN use this liar anti-Mexican." (@EPN is Peña Nieto's Twitter handle.)
, 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
Former Mexican president Vicente Fox Quesada wasn't pleased either.
SECRET SERVICE uneasy about the trip and concerns remain, but Trump pushing w/ Bannon to jet to Mexico City...— Robert Costa (@costareports) August 31, 2016
The Secret Service reportedly is also uncomfortable with this visit.
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