Former Mexican President Vicente Fox apologized on Wednesday for the harsh language he had used when describing billionaire businessman Donald Trump and, more precisely, Trump’s plans to build a wall along America’s southern border and have Mexico pay for it.
Fox stated earlier this year that Mexico would not pay for Trump’s “f***ing wall” and stooped to calling Trump “Ignorant … crazy … egocentric … nasty … (a) false prophet.” Trump understandably issued Fox a request for an apology.
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“I apologize,” Fox said in the interview filmed in Santa Monica, California. “Forgiveness is one of the greatest qualities that human beings have, is the quality of a compassionate leader. You have to be humble. You have to be compassionate. You have to love thy neighbor.”
“Love your nation. Love the world,” he added. “Yes, I’m humble enough as leadership be, (a) compassionate leader. If I offended you, I’m sorry. But what about the other way around?” Fox posited.
“I don’t think he should follow the strategy of attacking others, offending others, to get to his purpose. There are other ways and means of doing it,” Fox offered. “I invite him to come to Mexico and to see what Mexico is all about.”
Fox stated that it is important that the two countries come to some sort of agreement considering the massive amounts of trade between them, arguing that the U.S. benefits from Mexican labor and trade ties with other countries.
There is actually something Reaganesque about this moment. The international community became used to dealing with a weak United States under President Jimmy Carter, and learned quickly that dealing with Ronald Reagan was going to be a very different matter.
Those countries would be wise to consider the differences between President Barack Obama and Donald Trump, as well.
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