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Trump weighs meeting in Mexico with the country’s president

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Is this the death of Trump?
https://www.washingtonpost.com/poli...694790-6f12-11e6-9705-23e51a2f424d_story.html

Robert Costa, Karen DeYoung and Joshua Partlow
August 30 at 10:12 PM

Donald Trump is considering jetting to Mexico City on Wednesday for a meeting with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, just hours before he delivers a high-stakes speech in Arizona to clarify his views on immigration policy, according to people in the United States and Mexico familiar with the discussions.

Peña Nieto invited both Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton to visit Mexico last Friday, his office said in a statement provided to The Washington Post on Tuesday night. Although no meetings have been confirmed, the statement said, both campaigns received the invitations “on good terms.”

Trump, sensing an opportunity, decided over the weekend to accept the invitation and push for a visit this week, according to the people familiar with the discussions.

The potential visit comes after Trump has wavered for weeks on whether he would continue to hold his hard-line positions on the central and incendiary issue of his campaign, in particular his call to deport an estimated 11 million immigrants who are living in the United States illegally.

The people informed of Trump’s plans spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity surrounding the matter. They said late Tuesday that talks between the Trump campaign and Mexican officials were ongoing, with Trump interested in going but logistics and security concerns still being sorted out.

Trump is scheduled to hold fundraisers Wednesday morning in California and deliver his immigration speech in the evening at the Phoenix Convention Center. His trip to Mexico, should it occur, would come between his events.

The invitation is a stunning move by Peña Nieto, given the grief that Trump’s campaign has caused the Mexican government over the past year. From calling Mexicans rapists and criminals, to vowing to build a border wall, to threatening to undo the North American Free Trade Agreement, Trump has caused growing alarm in Mexico. Peña Nieto himself has likened Trump’s rhetoric to that of Hitler and Mussolini, in a March interview with a Mexican newspaper.

To the delight of his U.S. rally crowds, Trump has repeatedly promised to force Mexico to pay for his proposed border wall. Peña Nieto and other Mexican leaders have dismissed the idea as preposterous.

“There is no way that Mexico can pay [for] a wall like that,” Peña Nieto said in a July interview on CNN, adding that he did not agree with Trump’s frequent characterization of illegal Mexican immigrants as rapists and killers.

Trump’s newly installed campaign chief executive, Stephen K. Bannon, played a key role in devisingthe potential Wednesday stop while Trump met Sunday with his aides and family at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J., according to two people who have been briefed on the campaign’s deliberations.

Bannon, who previously headed the conservative website Breitbart News, made the case to the group that Trump must underscore his populist immigration views in the final weeks of the general-election campaign, perhaps with an audacious gesture.

Peña Nieto’s invitation was brought up, and Bannon said it offered Trump an opening to make headlines and showcase himself as a statesman who could deal directly with Mexico.

Trump was intrigued by Bannon’s proposal and agreed, but not all aides and allies were as enthusiastic, the people said.

Trump, who appointed Bannon to his post and veteran pollster Kellyanne Conway as campaign manager this month after the resignation of campaign chairman Paul Manafort, has been navigating a flood of conflicting advice this summer about where to land on immigration as he has publicly wrestled with himself on the details of his position.

Following Sunday’s strategy session, plans came together quickly but not without hurdles and some tensions.

Early this week, representatives for Trump contacted the U.S. Embassy in Mexico about his intentions, according to a person in Mexico familiar with the communications between the two camps.

Trump’s representatives were told privately by officials that it would be logistically difficult for Trump to visit. But the businessman’s proxies insisted that Trump would not delay his plans, the person said.

Overseas visits by senior U.S. officials normally require weeks of intricate planning on both sides, as every movement and meeting is plotted. When more security is required, such trips become even more complicated.

Security staffs traveling with the visitor are usually beefed up, with personnel added. While Mexico is not considered a hostile place, the crime level is high and Trump, should he appear in public, would require significant protection.

The invitation — and particularly a visit — seems certain to cause a backlash in Mexico City, where Trump is widely disliked. Mexicans have bashed Trump piñatas, burned him in effigy during public street parties, and staged plays about him as a comic villain.

When Trump declared his candidacy in 2015, he was seen by many here as insulting but not to be taken very seriously. Mexican diplomats back then scoffed at the notion that Trump was a serious candidate or that the government was worried about his ascent.

That’s all changed now. Many of Mexico’s government and business elite have grown alarmed about the potential of a Trump presidency and the economic damage that his policies might inflict. The United States is Mexico’s most important trading partner.

Earlier this year, Peña Nieto swapped out key diplomats, including the Mexican ambassador to the U.S., in order to have a more aggressive presence advocating for the importance of Mexico to the United States.

Several Mexican officials were surprised to learn on Tuesday that Peña Nieto had extended an invitation to Trump.

“Wow,” one said.

“This is an extraordinarily surprising, but welcome, development, whether it ends up happening or not,” Andrew Selee, a Mexico expert at The Wilson Center in Washington, said. “Mexico is a vital country for US foreign policy and economic interests. The second destination for exports and the country of origin of a tenth of all Americans.”

“The fact that the Trump campaign appears to be considering a trip to Mexico highlights the fact that Mexico is hardly a distant country any more—it’s a close neighbor whose future is intertwined with America’s,” he added.

Partlow reported from Mexico City. Jenna Johnson in Washington also contributed to this story.
 

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Depending on where Trump is at that moment, ajet can fly there in 5 hours.

It's about 2500 miles from New York. That's the longest distance.

It will be like him going to Louisiana, ahead of BO who was an also ran. Hilary was a no show.
 

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If trump really is gangsta, he will come out of the meeting and say "AND I TOLD THE MEXICANS HOW HIGH THEY WERE GONNA BUILD THAT WALL AND HOW MUCH IT WAS GONNA COST THEM."
 

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I think it is far more likely that Trump will come out of the meeting with a much more moderate tone, perhaps even dropping the idea of deporting people all altogether.
 

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I think it is far more likely that Trump will come out of the meeting with a much more moderate tone, perhaps even dropping the idea of deporting people all altogether.
Why do you think that?
 

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Why do you think that?
Trump went really far right to pick up the republican nomination, but the general population is a different demographic. So if he wants to pick up more votes he needs to move to a more moderate tone. Which he actually has been doing. His original position was that he wanted to deport everyone, but recently he has been dropping hints that it might not be necessary to deport everyone. So it seems like he is setting things up for that.