Donald Trump certainly knows how to manipulate the media and ruffle some feathers in order to get a reaction, this we know. Trump’s plan to build a wall on the Mexican border doesn’t need to be rehashed here, but one person who has let Trump’s rhetoric on the subject get under his skin is former Mexican president Vicente Fox.
Fox has been on an emotional roller coaster ever since Trump started in with his criticisms of Mexico.
Initially, Fox took to the airwaves to let everyone know that the wall Trump has said Mexico will pay for, ya, he’s not going to be paying for that.
“I declare, I’m not going to pay for that f*cking wall”
As Ben Mathis from Kickass Politics writes:
“in his frankest interview yet, former Mexican President Vicente Fox pulls no punches about the man he calls a “false prophet.” It was recorded the same week as his apology to Donald Trump, and President Fox strike a very different tone, doubling down on “I’m not going to pay for the f_cking wall” and adding “and please don’t take out the f_cking full word.” Vicente Fox compares the man he calls the “hated gringo” and “ugly American” to Latin American dictators like Hugo Chavez and Juan Peron. He also warns that if Trump starts a trade war, then Mexico could retaliate by stopping or limiting money transfers and remittances for US corporations and American tourists in Mexico. Because as Vicente Fox says “Don’t play around with us, we can jump walls, we can swim rivers, & we can defend ourselves.” And he warns that if Trump becomes President, he “could take us to a war, not just a trade war.”
At one point, Fox went as far as to warn Trump not to play around with Mexicans, and that if the rhetoric keeps up it could literally lead to war.
“We’re coming back to the era of the ugly American. The gringo was hated all around the world, and this guy pretty soon he got the title. He is the ugly American, he is the hated gringo, because he’s attacking all of us, he’s offending all of us. Imagine, I mean that could take us to a war. Not to a trade war.“
“Don’t play around with us, we can jump walls, we can swim rivers, we can defend ourselves.”
After all of the venting, Fox then softened a bit, and issued an apology in an interview with Breitbart.
“I’m humble enough, as leaders should be, compassionate leader, if I offended you I’m sorry. But what about the other way around.”
While Vicente Fox may not be indicative of how all world leaders would react to a President Trump, it is safe to say that every single day would be an adventure in the geopolitical arena if and when the former reality tv star and media hungry businessman becomes the next President of the United States.
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