Well, well. I think this can be a good thing.
I have accepted the invitation of President Enrique Pena Nieto, of Mexico, and look very much forward to meeting him tomorrow.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 31, 2016
Nothing bad can come of this. At worst, it will be an amusement, a harmless charade, but at best, it lays the groundwork for some sincere cultural fusion between the two statesmen and their respective nations in anticipation of a future in which Donald Trump is President of the United States.
LifeZette has confirmed that GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump will travel to Mexico on Wednesday to meet with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto.
Sources, that include Mexican officials involved in the planning of the visit, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, stated the meeting would cover a broad variety of topics ranging from trade to security to immigration and the contentious issue of border enforcement.
The stakes for both Donald Trump and the Mexican president are high.
For Nieto, the meeting represents a tremendous opportunity to offer Trump, the potential next President of the United States, an olive branch. Nieto has made negative comments about Trump in the past, including a suggestion Trump was like a fascist dictator. The meeting will offer Nieto the chance to clear the deck with the potential next leader of a nation on which his own is almost entirely economically reliant — and earn goodwill for himself and his country among Trump supporters.
For Trump, the historic meeting comes at a time when the GOP nominee is ramping up a high-stakes bid to win over support from traditionally Democratic minority voters in the United States.
If the meeting goes well, it may allow Trump to assert a sense of “Mexican cred” that could very well grow into a tidal wave of public favor on the part of the Hispanic-American population.
If he can switch on the “charm” and foment a “bro” camaraderie of the Putin sort with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, we might very well witness an aspect of Donald Trump which is foreign to most Americans and which, thus displayed, might very well propel Trump on a new course of popularity that may push him ahead of Hillary by usurping her normal, obligatory electorate. Donald Trump’s anti-Mexican bluster might help now by allowing him to reflect off his putative “racist” reputation and allow him to wear that aura of pragmatism that brings him comfortably and safely back to Earth, at least in Mexicans’ eyes.
But already, there is the wariness that the trip can only bring danger and many wonder why Donald Trump would do such a thing.
The meeting will occur, despite concerns from both Mexican security services and the U.S. Secret Service.
As with all things Mexico, I think customary fear and apprehension is inflated. The short visit will be brief and preface Trump’s anticipated immigration speech set for tomorrow. A flawlessly productive and uneventful visit will go a long way toward reaffirming Donald Trump’s theoretical role as a North American mediator.