April 3, 2020

Mexico WILL let me build my wall, Trump boasts after surprise summit with president – but they DIDN’T talk about who will pay – VIDEO

  • Donald Trump said he and Mexico’s president have agreed that America has the right to wall off the two nations’ 2,000-mile border
  • Trump arrived Wednesday in Mexico City for an unprecedented sit-down with President Enrique Peña Nieto
  • The Republican candidate has been merciless in attacking illegal immigrants, many of whom have snuck into the U.S. from Mexico
  • The campaign left Trump’s entire traveling press corps stranded in Phoenix and wouldn’t allow ‘pool’ reporters to come along
  • Only a handful of protesters turned up to oppose Trump

Donald Trump claimed Wednesday after a landmark summit with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto that America’s southern neighbor has agreed the U.S. has the right to build a wall along the nations’ 2,000-mile border.

‘Having a secure border is a sovereign right and mutually beneficial,’ Trump told reporters in Mexico City, listing the second of what he called ‘five shared goals.’

‘We recognize and respect the right of either country to build a physical barrier or wall on any of its borders to stop the illegal movement of people, drugs and weapons.’

‘Cooperation toward achieving this shared objective – and it will be shared – of safety for all citizens, is paramount for both the United States and to Mexico,’ Trump said.

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LAYING THE FOUNDATION: Donald Trump described five 'shared goals' after his meeting Wednesday with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, including the recognition that America has the right to build 'a physical barrier' on its southern border

LAYING THE FOUNDATION: Donald Trump described five ‘shared goals’ after his meeting Wednesday with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, including the recognition that America has the right to build ‘a physical barrier’ on its southern border

MUY AMIGABLE: Trump and Nieto met in private for more than an hour before addressing reporters in a format that elevated the Republican candidate to the level of a world leader

MUY AMIGABLE: Trump and Nieto met in private for more than an hour before addressing reporters in a format that elevated the Republican candidate to the level of a world leader

 ART OF THE DEAL: Trump said he and Nieto never discussed who would pay for his wall's construction, despite pledging repeatedly that Mexico would pick up the check

 ART OF THE DEAL: Trump said he and Nieto never discussed who would pay for his wall’s construction, despite pledging repeatedly that Mexico would pick up the check

In taking only a few questions from journalists, Trump boasted that Nieto agrees the idea of an impenetrable border wall – long the hallmark of his unconventional candidacy for the White House – is in the best interest of both nations.

‘We want what’s good for the United States and the president wants what’s good for Mexico,’ Trump said.

‘We both realized from the beginning that it’s good for both of us, better for both of us.’

But the two men did not discuss whether Mexico would pay for the wall’s construction, as feature of Trump’s plan that he has insisted he can deliver.

‘We didn’t discuss that. Who pays for the wall? We didn’t discuss,’ Trump said.

OLD GLORY AWOL: No American flag was present for the remarks, a sign of the protocol reflecting Trump's status as a candidate rather than a representative of the U.S. government

OLD GLORY AWOL: No American flag was present for the remarks, a sign of the protocol reflecting Trump’s status as a candidate rather than a representative of the U.S. government

Nieto did not directly address the question of a border wall, but let Trump articulate the ‘five shared goals’ without him – including ‘ending illegal immigration’ and ‘dismantling drug cartels’ and ‘improving’ the North American Free Trade Agreement.

The Mexican president did smooth the waters between Trump and Mexico’s citizens, however.

‘Mexicans have felt offended by what has been said,’ Nieto declared, referring to some of Trump’s heated rhetoric.

‘But I am certain that his genuine interest is in building a relationship that will provide our mutual societies improved well-being.’

The two men spoke against a backdrop that featured a Mexican flag but no American flag, an nod to the fact that Trump does not represent the United States and is only a candidate for the presidency.

BIENVENIDO!: Nieto invited Trump last Friday to visit him and has extended the same offer to Democratic rival Hillary Clinton

BIENVENIDO!: Nieto invited Trump last Friday to visit him and has extended the same offer to Democratic rival Hillary Clinton

But in most other respects Nieto treated him as an equal, acknowledging that the North American Free Trade Agreement – Trump’s secondary beef with Mexico – could benefit from renegotiation.

‘As partners we have to work together in order to avoid the loss of jobs from our region,’ Nieto said. ‘However, this does not mean that the North American Free Trade Agreement can’t be improved to the benefit of both parties. It is an agreement that was signed over 22 years ago.’

Trump landed in Mexico City just a few hours earlier for the unusual bilateral meeting with Nieto – his first sit-down with a foreign leader since he launched his campaign last year.

Only a handful of protesters turned up downtown near the presidential palace in advance of the historic meeting. And only a small contingent of foreign reporters and photographers were there to see it.

Trump’s campaign left the traveling press corps in Phoenix, where they arrived late Tuesday night in advance of a promised landmark speech Wednesday evening on the hot-button topic of immigration.

Even a press pool reporter from DailyMail.com, designated to travel with the candidate for the trip, was not granted access to accompany the campaign.

BLACKOUT: Donald Trump's secretive Mexico City arrival on Wednesday was not witnessed by his press corps, who were left stranded in Phoenix, Arizona after his campaign refused to allow them to travel with him – and photo editors distributing helicopter images cautioned that Trump may not have been aboard

BLACKOUT: Donald Trump’s secretive Mexico City arrival on Wednesday was not witnessed by his press corps, who were left stranded in Phoenix, Arizona after his campaign refused to allow them to travel with him – and photo editors distributing helicopter images cautioned that Trump may not have been aboard

HISTORIC VISIT: Trump is meeting with President Enrique Peña Nieto, irking some who are angry at the billionaire for clobbering Mexico during his 14-month-long White House run

HISTORIC VISIT: Trump is meeting with President Enrique Peña Nieto, irking some who are angry at the billionaire for clobbering Mexico during his 14-month-long White House run

The press charter plane was available, according to a person with knowledge of the aircraft’s operations, but the campaign decided not to clear it for flight.

Trump risked a backlash from Nieto after he returns to the U.S. Nieto had previously compared Trump’s political rise to the early public enthusiasm shown for murderous dictators Adolph Hitler and Benito Mussolini.

But the Republican presidential nominee caught only respect from the Mexican leader, and enjoyed a formal setting usually only aforded to heads of state.

The high-risk-high-reward gambit will be closely watched by Hispanic American voters who are looking for signs that Trump is softening his threats to deport millions of people in the country illegally.

MUY TRANQUILO: Only a handful of protesters showed up to hammer Trump in Mexico City

MUY TRANQUILO: Only a handful of protesters showed up to hammer Trump in Mexico City

With Trump’s regular cadre of Trump reporters stranded two time zones away, the arrival of Trump’s aircraft wasn’t caught on camera.

The Associated Press was only able to confirm the plane’s touchdown from an airport source who wasn’t authorized to speak on the record.

And still photographs from wire services, showing a helicopter believed to be carrying Trump, known to Secret Service agents by the code name ‘Mogul,’ carried a disclaimer that they ‘allegedly’ showed Trump in the air.

Hillary Clinton attacked Trump Wednesday morning in a speech to the American Legion convention in Cincinnati, Ohio, a meeting Trump will address Thursday.

‘Dropping in on our neighbors for a few hours and then flying home again,’ Clinton claimed, won’t make up for ‘a year of insults and insinuations.’

Nieto on Friday invited both Trump and Clinton to visit. The Clinton campaign has shown no sign of following Trump’s lead and accepting.

Source: Daily Mail

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