Despite Vicente Fox apologizing to Donald Trump yesterday, the presumptive Republican candidate remained defiant, telling the former Mexican President, “Get your money ready because you’re going to pay for the wall.”
During an interview with Breitbart News, Fox appeared to be taking a more conciliatory approach to Trump after being asked to address comments he made earlier this year in which he angrily asserted that he would not pay for Trump’s “f*cking wall,” before labeling the New York billionaire, “Ignorant … crazy … egocentric … nasty … [a] false prophet.”
Trump immediately called upon Fox to say sorry but that didn’t happen until yesterday when Fox remarked, “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.”
Whether Trump knew about Fox’s apology by the time he appeared on Bill O’Reilly’s show last night isn’t clear, although the Donald was noticeably more strident with his comments.
“You got any message for the former president of Mexico?” asked O’Reilly.
“Get your money ready because you’re going to pay for the wall,” responded Trump.
“You’re not backing off that, right?” asked O’Reilly.
“No of course not,” remarked Trump, before going on to highlight the United States’ $58 billion dollar a year trade deficit with Mexico.
“The wall’s going to cost ten, believe me, they’ll be able to afford it, and we’re going to end up having a very good relationship with Mexico, but right now, sadly, like everybody else, they’re taking advantage of our country on trade and at the border, so we’ll get it straightened out,” added Trump.
Following the exit of Ted Cruz and John Kasich from the Republican race, Trump has been repeatedly asked whether he stands by some of the more controversial policy proposals he made during the campaign.
During an appearance on MSNBC yesterday, Trump reiterated his support for a temporary halt on Muslim immigration, asserting, “They are destroying Europe. I’m not going to let that happen to the United States.”
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