[Rushtalk] Mexicans want their president to cancel Washington visit after Trump touts his wall - The Washington Post

Carl Spitzer cwsiv at juno.com
Tue Feb 14 10:57:01 MST 2017



Mexicans want their president to cancel Washington visit after Trump
touts his wall

By Joshua Partlow January 25 at 2:22 PM 

People protest President Trump in Mexico City during the U.S.
Inauguration Day. (Ronaldo Schemidt/AFP/Gett	y Images 
MEXICO CITY — As Mexico's foreign minister was flying toward Washington
on Tuesday for his first visit with the new administration, news broke
that President Trump, the very next day, planned to order construction
of a giant wall across the U.S.-Mexican border.

The outrage in Mexico was swift and emphatic. Trump's wall project has
been widely condemned here since he announced his intentions during his
campaign. But many saw the timing of Trump's presidential action as an
added insult — with top Mexican officials in town and President Enrique
Peña Nieto scheduled to visit next week.

Former officials and top Mexican politicians across the political
spectrum demanded that Peña Nieto cancel his visit with Trump after what
many considered a slap in the face. The Mexican news media was reporting
Wednesday afternoon that Peña Nieto would indeed cancel, but spokesmen
for the president's office and the Foreign Ministry would not
immediately confirm that.

[Trump signs orders to start border wall with Mexico, ramp up
immigration enforcement] 

“The welcome that the Mexican government envoys are receiving is
slamming the door on their noses,” Cuauhtémoc Cárdenas, a former
presidential candidate, said in a statement. “It seems to me that the
least that could be done in these conditions is to not attend, to cancel
the visit to the United States as a matter of dignity for Mexico.”

Former foreign minister Jorge Castañeda said in an interview that if
Peña Nieto doesn't cancel the meeting, “he runs a risk of having a new
slap in the face, or being under such enormous pressure from public
opinion in Mexico to stand up to Trump after today's insults that he's
going to have to be unpleasant, and he's going to have to be macho, and
he's going to have to be strident.”

“And first of all, he doesn't know how to do any of that. He's just not
very good at it.” Castañeda added. “And second of all, that's not
conducive to a productive visit.”

[Mexican president says firm negotiations with Trump can protect

Also, without the new U.S. State Department structure in place,
Castañeda said, Peña Nieto would have been “doing it without a net. It
was precipitated. It was premature.”

Margarita Zavala, a likely presidential candidate and the wife of former
president Felipe Calderón, wrote on Twitter that Trump's announcement
was an “offense to Mexico.”

        El anuncio del muro de @realDonaldTrump previo a la visita de
        @EPN es una ofensa a México. Se debe reconsiderar la visita.
        — Margarita Zavala (@Mzavalagc) January 25, 2017

Mexican Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray, who was recently appointed in
part because of his relationship with Trump's team and his skills as a
negotiator, was still in Washington on Wednesday, Mexican officials
said. But it was unclear whether he planned to stay.

“Given the announcement about the wall, the visit of [Videgaray] today
only makes sense as a way to announce that there will be no meeting”
between Peña Nieto and Trump on Jan. 31, Roberto Gil Zuarth, a Mexican
senator from the National Action Party, wrote on Twitter.

Another senator from the leftist Party of the Democratic Revolution
described Trump's announcement as an “act of hostility and enmity” and
said that Peña Nieto should call off his trip.



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