Donald Trump’s meeting in Mexico with President Enrique Peña Nieto ahead of his immigration speech Wednesday night in Phoenix will not change anything about what he has previously said about the country or its people, a top aide for Hillary Clinton’s campaign said.
“From the first days of his campaign, Donald Trump has painted Mexicans as ‘rapists’ and criminals and has promised to deport 16 million people, including children and U.S. citizens. He has said we should force Mexico to pay for his giant border wall. He has said we should ban remittances to families in Mexico if Mexico doesn’t pay up,” communications director Jennifer Palmieri said in a statement following confirmation of Trump’s visit to Mexico City.
Trump’s campaign kickoff speech last June referred to immigrants from Mexico as criminals, “rapists,” and “some, I assume are good people,” and he has repeatedly vowed to make the Mexican government pay for the costs of building the massive wall on the United States’ southern border.
“What ultimately matters is what Donald Trump says to voters in Arizona, not Mexico, and whether he remains committed to the splitting up of families and deportation of millions,” Palmieri said in a statement.
Senior Clinton spokesman Jesse Ferguson retweeted a Trump message from February 2015 in which the businessman, then mulling a presidential bid, delivered a shot across the bow to the U.S.’ southern neighbors and offered a preview of rhetoric to come.
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