Trump and his team are brilliant strategists. He is acting as though he already is President. When people see him up there side by side with the Mexican president they will see him as a President, not as a Presidential hopeful. The fact that the Mexican president invited him shows that he sees Trump as Presidential. This is an amazing coup for the Trump team. One of his most controversial policies is to build the wall between Mexico and the United States and here he is acting like a president side-by-side with the president of Mexico. Like him or hate him no one should underestimate the political brilliance of this man. The below video doesn’t have a translation for the Mexican president but this one on Trump’s facebook page does.
WEDNESDAY IN MEXICO WAS A GOOD DAY FOR DONALD TRUMP, A REMINDER OF WHY WE SHOULDN’T UNDERESTIMATE HIM. IT’S NOT THAT HE DID OR SAID ANYTHING PARTICULARLY DIFFERENT – HE JUST DID HIS OLD THING IN A MORE EFFECTIVE WAY.
By hammering home a tough message on immigration, he gets back to the basics and reminds us why he won the primaries.
First, Trump flew down Mexico way to discuss his plans for a wall with President Enrique Pena Nieto. The statement he gave afterwards was measured and well delivered, full of praise for the “amazing” and “spectacular” people of Mexico (Trump’s efforts at diplomacy read like a TripAdviser review) and he avoided the subject of who would pay for the gargantuan structure.
So, win #1 was standing side-by-side with a foreign leader and looking like a man who can actually get things done.
…SO WIN #2 WAS RE-ESTABLISHING TRUMP’S TOUGH STANCE ON IMMIGRATION WHILE ADDING SOME NECESSARY CONTEXT: HE WILL TALK LIKE AN ADULT TO THE MEXICANS AND HE PROBABLY WON’T ERECT A POLICE STATE TO ENFORCE HIS POLICY.