For the last few months, the United States’ most brilliant and ambitious engineers and contractors have been busy trying to come up with the best way to divide us — and they’ve found about 450 ways to do it. That’s how many companies have presented bids to build President Donald Trump’s wall along the border between Mexico and the United States.
Some lessons just never sink in, even after 500 years.
President Enrique Peña Nieto is solely responsible for Donald Trump’s recent visit to Mexico, and he alone should shoulder the consequences. The president’s advisers may counsel him, but he ultimately makes the decisions.
What was Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto thinking when he invited Donald Trump to Mexico City? He was thinking that he could outsmart Trump, of course. But as everyone saw, Peña Nieto had underestimated his opponent.
Two of the least popular politicians among Mexicans — on both sides of the border — met Wednesday.
Once again, Enrique Peña Nieto and his family appear to be benefiting from his position as president of Mexico. Once again, a scandal has been sparked by reporters asking questions. And once again, the whole situation reeks of corruption.
“In Mexico, suspicion and distrust are a collective illness.” — Octavio Paz
MEXICO CITY — Coming back to Mexico always fills me with vitality and hope. Whenever I return, I feel like the country is on the verge of big change. But, inevitably, the change never arrives.
When a response to an attack isn’t delivered in a timely manner, it loses impact. The perfect example: Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto’s delayed response to Donald Trump’s criticism of Mexican immigrants.
“I’m not going to pay for that fucking wall,” Vicente Fox, the former president of Mexico, told me in an interview last week. In fact, Donald Trump “should pay for it,” Fox said. “He’s got the money.”