Trump Won't Listen to Mexican President Calmly Explaining Mexico Won't Pay for His Dumb Wall

Two men in Mexico City having a wonderful time, August 31, 2016. Photo via AP.
Two men in Mexico City having a wonderful time, August 31, 2016. Photo via AP.

Donald Trump, the political equivalent of one of those mutant factory farm chickens with breasts so big it can’t walk, met with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto Wednesday. It’s a meeting that’s resulted in a round of embarrassing press for both men, particularly Donald Trump, although he’s physically impervious to shame and won’t notice.

Trump’s trip to Mexico is widely being described with words like “subdued.” He claimed that he and Peña Nieto didn’t discuss who would build his proposed big, beautiful border wall, a claim that Peña Nieto is merrily wrecking on Twitter.

From yesterday:


(“At the start of the conversation with Donald Trump, I told him Mexico isn’t going to pay for the wall.”)

Trump pretended like he hadn’t seen or heard that one, insisting in his immigration speech Wednesday night in Arizona that Mexico will pay for the wall, “100 percent.”

“They don’t know it yet,” he added. “But they’re going to pay for the wall.”

And why not triple down on Twitter?


Which occasioned this response from the Mexican president, who is perhaps not yet used to Donald Trump’s gentle and highly flexible relationship with reality:


(“I’ll repeat what I said personally, Mr. Trump: Mexico will never pay for the wall.”)

This is a fun one! Peña Nieto is now dealing with an infuriated response from the Mexican public, who are wondering why he didn’t take an opportunity to ask Trump about his comments that Mexican immigrants to the United States are “rapists and criminals.” As someone would probably say: Sad!

Anna Merlan was a Senior Reporter at G/O Media until September 2019. She's the author of Republic of Lies: American Conspiracy Theorists and Their Surprising Rise to Power.

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I think in part some of the confusion comes from the fact that Trump isn’t claiming that Mexico has agreed to pay for the wall... he’s insisting that, no matter what this sovereign ally to the South says, he, as president of the United States with the backing of the strongest military and an incredibly influential economy, will -I guess- force Mexico to pay for it regardless of if they want to or not.

To me, this is actually one of the most chilling aspects of his campaign. Mexico, with all respect, is not necessarily meeting with the United States on equal ground as peers. They simply can’t afford for us to turn against them (nor should we). A simple change in our economic policies could destroy them. To have one of the possible leaders of the US talk about how he is going to make them do something... well... yikes.