From Mister York:
About an hour before Donald Trump made his joint statement with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto, a strategist in Trump's extended circle saw success on the horizon.
"I bet they have a nice meeting where they both explain their positions and promise to talk further — it doesn't have to be any more complicated than that," the strategist explained. "If [Trump] just has a calm, behind-closed-doors meeting, has a photo taken, looks presidential, and gets out of town, that's a big win."
Indeed, it was a big win — a very big win — for Trump. Going into a meeting with the potential for disaster — who knew how Pena Nieto would receive the world's most controversial presidential candidate or what embarrassments might lie ahead? — Trump came out of the meeting looking very much like a potential President of the United States. Standing beside the Mexican leader in front of a green-gray granite wall reminiscent of the United Nations, Trump presented the picture of a statesman.
Less than 24 hours earlier, Trump was reciting "The Snake" before a rowdy audience in Everett, Washington. In Mexico, he looked like a world leader.Actually, I thought the backdrop was a prototype of the wall, but that's just me.
Now from the Post:
Donald Trump’s Mexico visit ends with Mexico basically accusing him of lyingWhat is the lie?
Trump said they did not discuss paying for the wall. Indeed, at their joint appearance, Nieto did not contradict him. But he tweeted that he made it clear Mexico is not paying for the wall.
I smell CYA by both sides, which is what diplomacy is about: Saving face.
But that is the gnat. Here is the elephant in the room from York: "It didn't matter that in his remarks, Pena Nieto offered a positive case for his country and his people that served as a rebuttal to much of what Trump has said in the past. What mattered more was the Mexican leader's public acceptance of Trump as an American leader."
Nit-picking by the Post is grasping at straws. Mexico has no say on whether we tax Mexico's biggest export: the $25 billion a year that legal and illegal immigrants send back home. The remittance tax works wonders.
As secretary of State, Hillary visited Mexico. Here is how it went.
From the Catholic News Agency:
Mexico City, Mexico, Mar 27, 2009 / 04:59 pm -- During her recent visit to Mexico, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton made an unexpected stop at the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe and left a bouquet of white flowers “on behalf of the American people,” after asking who painted the famous image.
The image of Our Lady of Guadalupe was miraculously imprinted by Mary on the tilma, or cloak, of St. Juan Diego in 1531. The image has numerous unexplainable phenomena, such as the appearance on Mary’s eyes of those present in the room when the tilma was opened and the image’s lack of decay.
Mrs. Clinton was received on Thursday at 8:15 a.m. by the rector of the Basilica, Monsignor Diego Monroy.
Msgr. Monroy took Mrs. Clinton to the famous image of Our Lady of Guadalupe, which had been previously lowered from its usual altar for the occasion.
After observing it for a while, Mrs. Clinton asked “who painted it?” to which Msgr. Monroy responded “God!Tourist.
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