The Mexican government is in essence saying, “Pay for your own wall,” referring to 2016 Presidential Republican primary front-runner Donald Trump’s demand that Mexico pay for the wall he intends to build when he is elected president.
During his many public appearances, Trump has often spoken about building a “true” wall along the U.S./Mexico border in order to keep out drug cartel members and criminal aliens. In addition to calling for the wall to be built, the candidate has stated Mexico will pay for its construction since that country has not been able to fix the problem.
While the comments had earned Trump harsh criticism from the left, the Mexican government has now delivered their answer. The response by Eduardo Sanchez Hernandez, the current spokesman for Mexico’s President Enrique Pena Nieto, came with the added insult of calling Trump ignorant, Bloomberg reported.
“Of course it’s false,” Sanchez Hernandez is quoted by Bloomberg. “It reflects an enormous ignorance of what Mexico represents and also the irresponsibility of the candidate who is saying it.”
Sanchez is quoted as saying that the Mexican government has not taken Trumps statements on the campaign trail as serious proposals. He added that the majority of Mexicans in the U.S. follow the law and that immigrants make up an important part of the American workforce.
The government official’s attack of Trump comes at a time when his boss, the Mexican president is publicly reviled. He is reviled not only by protesters but also by many of the independent news outlets. Some of these outlets have called for Pena Nieto’s resignation over the lack of basic security conditions relating to the out of control cartel violence in Mexico as well as widespread allegations of corruption .
The out of control cartel violence in Mexico has resulted in the U.S. Department of State’s having to constantly update a Travel Warning for American tourists. The warnings have resulted from raging gun battles between cartel armies and the Mexican military, kidnappings, murders, and multiple other crimes, particularly along border areas.
The ongoing violence has even led to two leading congressional leaders calling out Secretary of State John Kerry over the lack of security conditions at U.S. Consulates. The State Department workers are asking that they receive danger pay for working in Mexico, Breitbart Texas reported.
Despite the out of control violence, Mexico’s top officials continue to turn a blind eye to the violence by working a systematic campaign of denial or minimization of the raging gun battles. In one of the most outrageous examples, reported by Breitbart Texas, Mexico’s Secretary of the Interior Miguel Osorio Chong claimed that Mexico had the best security conditions in a decade.
In addition to the raging cartel violence in Mexico, the government is now dealing with the outrage of reporters worldwide following the brutal murder of Ruben Espinoza, a news photographer who had been very critical of government officials in Mexico. He was particularly critical of the governor of Veracruz Javier Duarte. Many blame him for Espinoza’s death.
Prior to his death, Espinoza openly talked about the lack of security conditions for a free press in Mexico. In a way predicted his own death, Breitbart Texas reported. Despite the outrage caused by Espinoza’s death, the Mexican government appears to be working to cover up the murder and has begun leaking gossip to Mexican outlets friendly to the government.
Violence aside, the Mexican government is also dealing with a failing economy where the peso continues to drop in value, as was previously reported by Breitbart Texas’ Peter Maffitt. The allegations of corruption by government officials reach the highest levels.
As Breitbart Texas also reported, the allegations of corruption point to the Mexican president allegedly getting a luxurious mansion from government contractors in exchange for preferential treatment. Pena Nieto and his wife have denied the allegations, claiming that the house was paid for with her earnings as a soap opera starlet. Carmen Aristegui, a famous award winning journalist who exposed the corruption along with her team has since been terminated from their jobs.