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

John Quayle blueoval57 at verizon.net
Tue Feb 14 11:35:15 MST 2017

/*He did, Carl.......last month!*/

On 2/14/2017 12:57 PM, Carl Spitzer wrote:
> WorldViews <http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/>
>   *Mexicans want their president to cancel Washington visit after
>   Trump touts his wall*
> By Joshua Partlow 
> <https://www.washingtonpost.com/people/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 
> <https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trump-pledges-to-start-work-on-border-wall-within-months/2017/01/25/dddae6ee-e31e-11e6-ba11-63c4b4fb5a63_story.html?hpid=hp_hp-top-table-main_immigration-2pm:homepage/story&utm_term=.16e469023a6e>] 
> /
> “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 
> Mexicans 
> <https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/the_americas/mexican-president-says-firm-negotiations-with-trump-can-protect-mexicans/2017/01/23/443c0652-e180-11e6-a419-eefe8eff0835_story.html?utm_term=.1a8b134daef7>] 
> /
> 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
>     <https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump> previo a la visita de @EPN
>     <https://twitter.com/EPN> es una ofensa a México. Se debe
>     reconsiderar la visita. #NOALMURO
>     <https://twitter.com/hashtag/NOALMURO?src=hash>
>     — Margarita Zavala (@Mzavalagc) January 25, 2017
>     <https://twitter.com/Mzavalagc/status/824285539805384706>
> 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.
> https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2017/01/25/mexicans-want-their-president-to-cancel-washington-visit-after-trump-touts-his-wall/
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