Trump visits Mexican president hours before immigration speech in Arizona

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US presidential candidate Donald Trump delivers a joint press conference with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto (out of frame) in Mexico City on August 31, 2016. Donald Trump was expected in Mexico Wednesday to meet its president, in a move aimed at showing that despite the Republican White House hopeful's hardline opposition to illegal immigration he is no close-minded xenophobe. Trump stunned the political establishment when he announced late Tuesday that he was making the surprise trip south of the border to meet with President Enrique Pena Nieto, a sharp Trump critic. / AFP / YURI CORTEZ (Photo credit should read YURI CORTEZ/AFP/Getty Images)

MEXICO CITY, Mexico — How do you get a presidential invitation to Mexico? Well it turns out statements referring to Mexicans as drug traffickers, criminals and rapists doesn’t hurt your chances.

Good to know Mexico’s President Enrique Peña Nieto has some thick skin.

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump met with Nieto for a joint press conference Wednesday morning on his home turf. An interesting move, considering Trump is scheduled to make his big immigration speech just hours later in Arizona.

To be fair, President Peña Nieto invited both U.S. presidential candidates — but only Trump jumped at the chance.

The Clinton camp sees it as one big distraction.

“It certainly takes more than trying to make up for a year of insults and insinuations by dropping in on our neighbors for a few hours,” Hillary Clinton said.

Team Trump said it’s just laying good groundwork.

Trump started out his portion of the press event following a private conversation with Nieto.

“Prosperity and happiness in both our countries will increase if we work together,” Trump said.

Former President of Mexico, Vincente Fox, doesn’t see the point in any relationship with Trump.

“By 130 million people, we don’t like him, we don’t want him. We reject his message” Fox said.

Trump did come prepared with five target areas that require collaboration between the U.S. and Mexico including ending illegal immigration, securing the border, dismantling drug cartels, improving the North American Free Trade Agreement and keeping manufacturing wealth in the western hemisphere.

Trump may soften his stance on immigration during his Arizona speech or double down on rhetoric, but for better or worse — he’s definitely captured everyone’s attention. Now, whether that attention means more votes in November — it’s anybody’s guess.



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