Republican US Presidential candidate Donald Trump is scheduled to visit Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto on Wednesday, The New York Times reported. Trump’s trip to the country, which he had accused of being responsible for the US' economic slowdown, will precede his address in Arizona, where is he expected to clarify his stand on immigration.
Trump tweeted that he was looking forward to the meeting, which Mexican officials say will be held at the presidential palace in Mexico city. Pena Nieto's representatives told the newspaper that invitations for the trip were sent to Trump and Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. Pena Nieto tweeted that only dialogue will promote and protect Mexican interests.
In his campaign speeches, Trump has made several scathing remarks about Mexicans illegally immigrating to the US and proposed that Mexico pay for a wall along its border with the United States. He'd said, “When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re bringing drugs, they’re bringing crime. They’re rapists, and some I assume are good people.” According to a report by The Washington Post, Trump's visit follows weeks of his sitting on the fence about toeing his extreme positions to deport an estimated 11 million illegal immigrants.
A Clinton campaign representative said the Democrat candidate had met Pena Nieto in 2014 and communicates with his officials regularly. The official said Clinton looked forward to meeting Pena Nieto at an appropriate time.