Mexican president catches heat for Trump meeting
By: Tyler West, Xiro Xone News August 31, 2016 Updated: 11:20 PM
President Enrique Pena Nieto is taking heavy criticism from Mexicans over his decision to meet Wednesday with Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, who is widely reviled in Mexico for referring to its migrants as rapists and criminals.
Many took to the streets and some turned to social media voicing he should have pushed back on the Republican candidate's immigration rhetoric.
Former first lady Margarita Zavala, wife of ex-president Felipe Calderon and herself a potential presidential candidate, aimed a tweet at Trump, saying: “Even though you may have been invited, we want you to know you’re not welcome. We Mexicans have dignity, and we reject your hate speech.”
Former President Vicente Fox said: “He fooled him (Pena Nieto) ... he’s using him to try to recover lost votes.”
Televisa news anchor Carlos Loret de Mola tweeted: 'The humiliation is now complete.'
Donald Trump told reporters earlier in the day that the pair agreed America had a right to wall off its 2,000-mile southern border, but claimed 'we didn't discuss' who would fund it.
Trump repeated his promise to build a border wall Later Wednesday night, in a speech on immigration in Phoenix, Arizona. Others were upset Peña Nieto did not demand an apology from the Republican Presidential Nominee, for calling Mexican migrants rapists and criminals.
'This is an insult and a betrayal,' said artist Arturo Meade as he joined a protest against Wednesday's meeting in Mexico City.
'What can this meeting bring us except surrealism in all its splendor?'