Vicente Fox, the former president of Mexico, has apologized to Donald Trump for dropping the F-bomb about the presumptive GOP presidential nominee’s plan to build a border wall.
In February, Fox — who was and apparently still is a vocal foe of the Trump presidential candidacy — declared that “I’m not going to pay for that f*****g wall.” At the time, Trump demanded an apology. He also proclaimed in response to President Fox that “the wall just got 10 feet taller.”
Vicente Fox served as president of his country from December 2000 to November 2006.
As one of his key campaign promises, which he announced when he affirmed his presidential run in June 2015, the New York real estate mogul has vowed to build a security wall with a “beautiful door” at the U.S.-Mexican border and make Mexico pay for it.
At the time of his June 16 announcement at Trump Tower, in remarks that he has subsequently sought to clarify by repeatedly noting that he loves Mexico and the Mexican people but his disagreement is with the Mexican government over security and trade, Trump said the following which set off a storm of controversy.
“When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re not sending you. They’re not sending you. They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems to us. They’re bringing drugs.They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.”
In an interview with Breitbart News on Wednesday, Vicente Fox appeared somewhat contrite about his past condemnation of Donald Trump in connection with the wall.
“I apologize. Forgiveness is one of the greatest qualities that human beings have, is the quality of a compassionate leader. You have to be humble. You have to be compassionate. You have to love thy neighbor…Love your nation. Love the world,. Yes, I’m humble enough as leadership be, [a] compassionate leader. If I offended you, I’m sorry. But what about the other way around?”
“Yeah, get your money ready because you’re going to pay for the wall.”
In the exchange with O’Reilly, Fox invited Trump to visit Mexico and also insisted that he did not favor open borders, but supported the so-called comprehensive immigration reform bill that passed the U.S. Senate but died in the House.
At a West Virginia campaign rally last night, Donald Trump reacted to the apology.
“Vicente Fox was on television last night and he apologized, and I accept his apology. I tell you I thought it was very nice… Honestly, I thought it was very, very nice, because I was giving him a little hard time about something, and he apologized.”
During appearances on other media outlets, however, Vicente Fox reportedly lavished praise on Trump rival Hillary Clinton and labeled Donald Trump a false prophet, among other things.
According to the Washington Examiner, Fox also called out Trump supporters as lazy drunks who watch too much TV.
Perhaps more questionable in that he is a former government official of another country, Fox is allegedly working directly with the Democrats to help elect Hillary Clinton in the fall. “What I’ve been saying here, I told [House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi]. Count with us, with all Mexicans, to support the Democratic Party because you’ve done much better with us than the Republican Party,” he asserted.
“Meanwhile on Univision, Fox doubled down against Trump and Trump’s proposed border wall, using the same foul language he used previously to specifically say that neither he nor Mexico will pay for the wall,” Newsbusters reported.
Newsbusters also claims that Vicente Fox told a Mexican radio station that his apology to Trump was merely “strategic.”
The Trump campaign website explains that Donald Trump is proposing a one-time payment from Mexico for the wall in the range of $5 billion to $10 billion given the huge trade imbalance between our two countries. Otherwise, the U.S. will use its leverage to impose restrictions on electronic money transfers from Mexican nationals in America back to Mexico, as well as put tariffs on goods imported from Mexico, plus possibly cancelling visas and assessing fees on visas for those coming into the U.S. from Mexico.
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