Presidential candidate Donald Trump is headed to Mexico Wednesday to discuss immigration and border security with the nation’s president.
But the man who previously ran the country, Vicente Fox, calls the Republican nominee’s visit a “political stunt” and says Trump is “not welcome.”
“He is not welcome to Mexico. By 130 million people, we don’t like him. We don’t want him. We reject his message,” Fox told CNN’s “New Day” this morning.
“I don’t understand why President Nieto has offered this opportunity.”
Fox said Trump’s visit was “nothing more than a political stunt” designed “to boost his sinking poll numbers,” and added the candidate is unfit for the office.
“This guy is not up to be a president. He is not presidential. He doesn’t look presidential. He doesn’t know how to run a nation. He doesn’t even know how to run a business,” Fox said.
Trump seemed taken aback by the Mexican president’s response today, saying on Twitter that Fox had previously invited him to visit after apologizing for using “the ‘f bomb.’”
Former President Vicente Fox, who is railing against my visit to Mexico today, also invited me when he apologized for using the "f bomb."
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 31, 2016
Earlier this year Fox responded to Trump’s proposal to build a wall on the US border with Mexico – and have Mexico pay for it – by vulgarly refusing to do so.
“I’m not going to pay for that fucking wall! He should pay for it. He’s got the money,” Fox said.
Following the outburst, Trump then asked for an apology from the former president – and got one, along with an invitation to visit Mexico.
FMR PRES of Mexico, Vicente Fox horribly used the F word when discussing the wall. He must apologize! If I did that there would be a uproar!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 25, 2016
Speaking exclusively with Breitbart, Fox apologized.
“I apologize. 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,” he said.
“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 stated. “I invite him to come to Mexico and to see what Mexico is all about.”
Now the Mexican president says Trump is lying – and that his original invitation to visit Mexico was under the condition that Trump “apologize to all Mexicans.”
@realDonaldTrump, I invited you to come and apologize to all Mexicans. Stop lying! Mexico is not yours to play with, show some respect.
— Vicente Fox Quesada (@VicenteFoxQue) August 31, 2016