Donald Trump To Visit Mexico, Will Meet Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto

Donald Trump will travel to Mexico City on Wednesday for a meeting with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, and they will be discussing illegal immigration, trade, and drugs in a private meeting, according to Trump’s campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway. While some people are “flummoxed” about the Trump visit to Mexico, others certainly are not.

Trump tweeted, in fact, that he was very much looking forward to his visit to Mexico.

“One of the things that crossed my mind was Richard Nixon going to China,” CNN contributor Jeffrey Lord said regarding the Trump visit to Mexico. “Where you have a president in that case that was a hardline anti-communist and yet he opened the doors for real change with China.” (See YouTube video below on the conversation.)

On Twitter, reactions to news of the Trump visit to Mexico seemed mixed. Of course, as Maria Bartiromo pointed out in her tweet, this is coming just ahead of Trump’s big immigration speech.

And the Trump visit to Mexico elicited a hopeful tweet from Geraldo Rivera.

Writers Alex Burns and Maggie Haberman at the New York Times also reported on the Trump visit to Mexico. They are wondering to the world if the Mexican President Peña Nieto will challenge the brash billionaire just to boost his own sagging ratings with the Mexican people, who have not been as receptive to the longstanding Trump idea to finish building a border wall.

Burns and Habermas also note that the former Mexican president, Vicente Fox, said in an interview on CNN that his successor, Peña Nieto, would be seen “as a traitor” if he did not somehow attack Trump. Peña Nieto had obliged Fox’s demand previously they also write because he has “… compared Mr. Trump’s campaign to the rise of Hitler.”

FILE - In this Friday, July 10, 2015 file photo, Alicia Lopez Fernandez paints a pinata depicting Donald Trump In a surprise move, Donald Trump will travel to Mexico on Wednesday, Aug. 31, to meet with President Enrique Pena Nieto, just hours before the Republican delivers a highly anticipated speech on immigration. Pena Nieto has been sharply critical of Trump's original immigration policy and compared his language to that of dictators Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini, saying it had hurt U.S.-Mexico relations. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte, File)

Trump previously tweeted about an apology from Vicente Fox after a strong reaction to the candidate’s proposed campaign promises.

Another report from the Fox News outlet has emerged on the Trump visit to Mexico, and it also mentions that the invitation came from President Peña Nieto.

Trump’s Vice Presidential running mate, Mike Pence, was quoted in that story on the matter.

“I think today is more about a relationship.”

The two men are scheduled to discuss illegal immigration, drugs, and trade issues, and the stated also stated that President Peña Nieto first offered the invitation to Mr. Trump. The businessman/2016 U.S. presidential candidate confirmed by late Tuesday that he “accepted the invitation and the two would meet in private Wednesday,” according to the story.

Running mate Mike Pence also said Trump and President Peña Nieto would expect to begin a conversation about the previously scheduled issues.

“He’s going to begin a dialogue with Mexico on issues … that we differ on … but also, issues of common interest.”

Donald Trump to visit Mexico
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally Aug. 30, 2016, in Everett, Wash. [AP Photo/Evan Vucci]

The Trump visit to Mexico has perhaps come as a surprise move during a hectic time of the year for campaigns in the U.S., but it seems likely Trump needed to have a conversation with Mexico before he makes another campaign stop to deliver the immigration policy speech previously announced in the border state of Arizona.

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