Donald Trump meets with president of Mexico to discuss wall

Donald Trump, a man who has made ending illegal immigration the cornerstone of his campaign, crossed over the border to meet with the president of Mexico.

Mexico’s president, Enrique Peña Nieto, further damaged his already declining popularity in his country by inviting controversial presidential candidate Trump for a meeting. Peña Nieto’s approval ratings decreased down to a mere 23 percent, partially on account of the fact that Mexico’s murder rate has reached its highest since 2012.  

Scott Byer, Advanced Placement government and politics teacher at Fairmont High School, expressed his excitement for the events that followed the meeting. “It’s fascinating, polarizing, and unprecedented,” Byer said.

Byer also emphasized the importance of the election and hopes that young Americans will follow the candidates. “Students need to understand how important the 2016 election is moving forward,” he said. “We are impacted.”

Fairmont business teacher, Kent Drake is not as thrilled for the upcoming campaign. “It’s disappointing, outrageous, and scary,” he said. “This campaign has brought out the worst in people.”

Peña Nieto extended the invitation to both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump to converse in Mexico City. While Trump welcomed the offer, Clinton declined.

The Democratic candidate claims that her priorities lie in the United States, therefore she finds it unnecessary to meet with Peña Nieto. “I’m going to focus on what we’re doing to create jobs here at home,” Clinton said in a press release from The Los Angeles Times.

Drake agrees with Clinton’s decision to decline Peña Nieto’s invitation. “She has already made enough connections in foreign affairs when she was Secretary of State and First Lady,” Drake said.

Clinton’s declination of the invitation didn’t stop Trump and Peña Nieto from meeting with one another on August 31st, 2016. President Peña Nieto claims that discussion over Trump’s proposed wall did take place, but they did not confer over the idea of Mexico paying for it. Trump has ideas of building a wall on the United States-Mexico border to help further prevent illegal immigration.

Despite the fact that his ratings failed to raise, Peña Nieto still believes that Mexico benefits from the encounter.

“I was very clear — in public and private — in emphasizing that in Mexico we feel wounded and hurt by his announcements about Mexicans,” Peña Nieto said.

Trump has been reported numerous times for speaking of Mexicans in a degrading manner. “They’re [Mexico] sending people that have lots of problems,” Trump said. “They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime.”

Despite Trump’s previous statements regarding the Mexican people, he spoke highly of Pena Nieto after their conference.

Hours after the two met, Trump held a rally in Arizona, where Pena Nieto remained a topic of conversation.

“He is a man I like and respect very much who loves his country,” Trump said. “We are going about to create a new relationship between our two countries.”

An audience member attending the Trump’s Arizona rally brought up a claim that Trump may not be considering building the wall anymore, but the candidate was quickly able to refute the idea. “We will build a great wall around the southern border,” Trump said. “And Mexico will pay for the wall. One hundred percent!”

Contradicting this, Peña Nieto had tweeted out to the public an opposite notion about the ‘wall.’ “At the start of the conversation with Donald Trump, I made it clear that Mexico will not pay for the wall,” he said.

Trump and Pena Nieto’s contradictory statements and feud only add to the seeming madness that the election has become.

“It’s always good to do things nice and complicated so that nobody can figure it out,” Trump said.