Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump just shocked the world by announcing a surprise last minute trip to Mexico to meet the country’s leader, President Enrique Pena Nieto, today.
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
The Washington Post further reports:
Donald Trump will travel to Mexico City on Wednesday for a meeting with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto, just hours before he delivers a high-stakes speech in Arizona to clarify his views on immigration policy.
Peña Nieto last Friday invited both Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton to visit Mexico, his office said in a statement provided to The Washington Post on Tuesday night.
Trump, sensing an opportunity, decided over the weekend to accept the invitation and push for a visit this week, according to the people in the United States and Mexico familiar with the discussions. …
Peña Nieto later tweeted that he believes in dialogue in order to “promote the interests of Mexico in the world and, principally, to protect Mexicans wherever they are.”
The visit comes after Trump has wavered for weeks on whether he will continue to hold his hard-line positions on the central and incendiary issue of his campaign, in particular his call to deport an estimated 11 million immigrants who are living in the United States illegally.
The people informed of Trump’s plans spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity surrounding the matter. They said earlier Tuesday that talks between the Trump campaign and Mexican officials were ongoing, with security concerns still being sorted out.
Trump is scheduled to hold fundraisers Wednesday morning in California and deliver his immigration speech in the evening at the Phoenix Convention Center. His trip to Mexico will come between his events.
All of this begs the question – is this part of Trump’s “pivot” on amnesty and immigration? Is he going to tell Mexico how they’re going to pay for a border wall, or is he going to apologize for his rhetoric and make some kind of a deal?
With Trump hopping back and forth across the border for fundraisers, meetings, and a big speech, it is going to be a very interesting day in the political world! Get your popcorn ready!