Donald Trump has changed his tone significantly on the issue of border security in recent weeks, opting for a softer approach to fixing our broken immigration system.
This week, Trump has the opportunity to meet with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto to discuss border issues, clarify some of this controversial past statements, and perhaps lay the groundwork for future negotiations with Mexico.
Invité a México a los candidatos a la Presidencia de EEUU, para conversar sobre la relación bilateral. Mañana recibo a Donald Trump.
— Enrique Peña Nieto (@EPN) August 31, 2016
I have accepted the invitation of President Enrique Pena Nieto, of Mexico, and look very much forward to meeting him tomorrow.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 31, 2016
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump plans to detour from the campaign trail on Wednesday to visit Mexico and meet with President Enrique Pena Nieto at his invitation, a surprise trip scheduled just hours before Trump delivers an immigration policy speech in Arizona. Nieto and Trump each confirmed late Tuesday that Trump accepted the invitation and the two would meet in private Wednesday.
Campaign manager Kellyanne Conway told Fox News the two would discuss illegal immigration, trade and drugs. Trump running mate Mike Pence also said they would begin a conversation about a proposed border wall, along with other issues. “He’s going to begin a dialogue with Mexico on issues … that we differ on … but also, issues of common interest,” Pence told Fox News.
Not surprisingly, former Mexican President Vicente Fox ( a vocal critic of Trump) is not pleased about the meeting:
México no quiere a @realDonaldTrump, México nunca confiará en él. No permitamos que utilice a nuestro país para sus propios intereses.
— Vicente Fox Quesada (@VicenteFoxQue) August 31, 2016
Trump will give a speech about immigration in Phoenix tonight, after his meeting with President Nieto. It should be interesting to see what comes out of it.