In an interview with Fusion, the former president of Mexico makes abundantly clear that if he were still in charge, he’d have absolutely no interest in helping Donald Trump build a border wall to seal off his country from the United States.
Asked about Trump’s plan — which calls for the Mexican government to foot the bill for the wall’s construction — Vicente Fox, president of Mexico from 2000 to 2006, said, “I’m not going to pay for that fucking wall! He should pay for it. He’s got the money.”
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
In the “Immigration Reform That Will Make America Great Again” section of his website, Trump claims that “for many years, Mexico’s leaders have been taking advantage of the United States by using illegal immigration to export the crime and poverty in their own country (as well as in other Latin American countries).”
“The costs for the United States have been extraordinary: U.S. taxpayers have been asked to pick up hundreds of billions in healthcare costs, housing costs, education costs, welfare costs, etc.,” he continues. “In short, the Mexican government has taken the United States to the cleaners. They are responsible for this problem, and they must help pay to clean it up.”
Trump claims he’d make Mexico pay for the wall by exerting economic pressure. From his website:
Mexico must pay for the wall and, until they do, the United States will, among other things: impound all remittance payments derived from illegal wages; increase fees on all temporary visas issued to Mexican CEOs and diplomats (and if necessary cancel them); increase fees on all border crossing cards – of which we issue about 1 million to Mexican nationals each year (a major source of visa overstays); increase fees on all NAFTA worker visas from Mexico (another major source of overstays); and increase fees at ports of entry to the United States from Mexico [Tariffs and foreign aid cuts are also options]. We will not be taken advantage of anymore.
Fox doesn’t think Trump will become president, but he does acknowledge that Trump’s strong showing with Latino voters in Nevada concerns him.
“I’d like to know who those Hispanics are, because they are followers of a false prophet,” he told Fusion. “He’s going to take them to the desert, and if they think that they will benefit with an administration led by Donald Trump, they’re wrong. They must open their eyes. Please, you Hispanics in the U.S., open your eyes.”