Operating from a position of strength, Donald Trump does not need to “ask” President Peña Nieto to pay for the wall. Peña Nieto knows that he has no other choice.
By Marielena Montesino de Stuart
Donald Trump announced late yesterday that President Enriquez Peña Nieto of Mexico had invited him to a private meeting at the presidential palace in Mexico City. Trump graciously accepted and flew to one of the most dangerous countries in the world and to the world’s fourth most crowded city– and one with a notable rise in corruption as well as gang / drug related crimes, which have worsened under the unpopular presidency of Peña Nieto. This is a tragic reality for Mexico City, given its important cultural and historic presence.
Senator Jeff Sessions and former New York City Mayor, Rudy Giuliani, accompanied Trump during the meeting.
In this brief commentary, I will concentrate on what Trump said in his speech at the Mexican presidential palace, since President Peña Nieto’s speech was, as expected, a delivery of presidential platitudes and pleasantries for the guest of honor, Donald Trump– and for the United States.
Trump was serene, firm and confident as he laid out five shared goals to improve and strengthen the relations between the United States and Mexico:
- Ending illegal immigration, as the humanitarian disaster that it is.
- Securing the border as our sovereign right– and the right to build a wall. Safety for all.
- Dismantling drug cartels, including intelligence sharing.
- Improving and updating NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement) to include a pay raise needed for workers in both countries.
- Keeping manufacturing wealth in our hemisphere.
Trump stated that a lot of the things he said during the meeting with Peña Nieto were “very strong”– but that “we have to be strong and say what is happening.”
Today’s invitation and visit to Mexico has legitimized Donald Trump as the only sensible candidate for president of the United States, not just for Mexican-Americans, or Mexicans who are U.S. citizens and are able to vote, but for the millions of people inside Mexico who benefit from a secondary powerful economy: U.S. dollars sent to Mexico as remittances every month by Mexican workers in the United States– a flow of money which is ending up more and more in the hands of corrupt government officials and drug cartels.
Drug cartels interfere with daily government tasks by intimidating and murdering government employees, in order to keep them from their cartel-controlled territory, even interrupting some of the most basic services needed in communities throughout Mexico.
But the aforementioned secondary economy, which has so greatly benefited Mexico, is an enormous drain on the U.S. economy; yet, it is enthusiastically encouraged by the Mexican government by offering incentives to use the money for improvement of towns, schools and other sectors of the Mexican economy.
Here’s an excerpt from a Wall Street Journal article published on February 14, 2016, titled “Remittances to Mexico Reach Seven-Year High.”
“The U.S. is the leading source of remittances to Mexico, accounting for $23.7 billion last year, followed by Canada with $254 million. Within the U.S., the majority comes from California, followed by Texas, Illinois and New York.”
Much of the above quoted amount is from illegal employment in the U.S.
Mexico needs Trump
President Peña Nieto, as I said above, is suffering through a very unpopular presidency in a country that is being torn apart by corruption and drug cartels that he cannot seem to bring under control. As such, Peña Nieto knows full well that Hillary Clinton would be his worst nightmare, as more chaotic illegal migratory movements would be encouraged under her socialist administration. This would worsen the already corrupt environment inside Mexico, and would give even more power to human traffickers and criminal drug cartels.
Trump’s visit to Mexico was a brilliant move.
Mexico needs Trump.
Someone has to say the truth…
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