On Monday, Donald Trump said the last thing Mexico wants is a Trump presidency because it would mean fairer trade deals and more border security for the United States.
Addressing the uproar over his comments about illegal immigration during his presidential announcement speech, Trump said, “I don’t see how there is any room for misunderstanding or misinterpretation of the statement I made on June 16th during my Presidential announcement speech.” He then reference his statement that is “deliberately distorted by the media”:
When Mexico (meaning the Mexican Government) sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re not sending you (pointing to the audience). They’re not sending you (pointing again). They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems to us. They’re bringing drugs.They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people! But I speak to border guards and they tell us what we’re getting. And it only makes common sense. They’re sending us not the right people. It’s coming from more than Mexico. It’s coming from all over South and Latin America, and it’s coming probably from the Middle East. But we don’t know. Because we have no protection and we have no competence, we don’t know what’s happening. And it’s got to stop and it’s got to stop fast.
“What can be simpler or more accurately stated?” the 2016 GOP presidential candidate said, days after an illegal immigrant allegedly murdered 32-year-old Kathryn Steinle in the liberal sanctuary city of San Francisco. “The Mexican Government is forcing their most unwanted people into the United States. They are, in many cases, criminals, drug dealers, rapists, etc. This was evident just this week when, as an example, a young woman in San Francisco was viciously killed by a 5 time deported Mexican with a long criminal record, who was forced back into the United States because they didn’t want him in Mexico. This is merely one of thousands of similar incidents throughout the United States. In other words, the worst elements in Mexico are being pushed into the United States by the Mexican government.”
Trump also said that the the Border Patrol knows that the “largest suppliers of heroin, cocaine and other illicit drugs are Mexican cartels that arrange to have Mexican immigrants trying to cross the borders and smuggle in the drugs.” He added that, “likewise, tremendous infectious disease is pouring across the border,” and “the United States has become a dumping ground for Mexico and, in fact, for many other parts of the world.”
He emphasized that he has issues with the Mexican government and the illegal immigrants who hurt legal Mexican immigrants and not with the Mexican people.
“On the other hand, many fabulous people come in from Mexico and our country is better for it. But these people are here legally, and are severely hurt by those coming in illegally. I am proud to say that I know many hard working Mexicans—many of them are working for and with me…and, just like our country, my organization is better for it,” Trump said. “I have great respect for Mexico and love their people and their peoples’ great spirit. The problem is, however, that their leaders are far smarter, more cunning, and better negotiators than ours.”
Trump reiterated “to the citizens of the United States, who I will represent far better than anyone else as President, the Mexican government is not our friend…and why should they be when the relationship is totally one sided in their favor on both illegal immigration and trade. I have pointed this out during my speeches and it is something Mexico doesn’t want me to say.” He said his “examples of bad trade deals for the United States was of even more concern to the Mexican government than my talk of border security.”
“The Mexican Government wants an open border as long as it’s a ONE WAY open border into the United States. Not only are they killing us at the border, but they are killing us on trade … and the country of Mexico is making billions of dollars in doing so,” he declared. “The last thing Mexico wants is Donald Trump as President in that I will make great trade deals for the United States and will have an impenetrable border–only legally approved people will come through easily.”
Trump, who surged to second in nearly every state and national poll after his announcement speech, also said Univision went “ballistic” and decided to drop the Miss USA and Miss Universe pageants “only after my significant rise in the polls” because of pressure from the Mexican government and the network’s pro-Hillary Clinton biases. Trump mentioned that Univision, whose part-owner Haim Saban has vowed to spend “whatever it takes” to put Clinton in the White House, is “owned by one of Hillary Clinton’s biggest backers” and “is being dictated to by the Mexican Government” because “70% of their business comes from Mexico.”
“After the speech was made, there were numerous compliments and indeed, many rave ‘reviews’—there was very little criticism,” Trump said. “It wasn’t until a week after my announcement that people started to totally distort these very easy to understand words. If there was something stated incorrectly, it would have been brought up immediately and with great enthusiasm.”