Donald Trump managed to surprise us several times during his campaign, being compared with important political figures. However, Mexican president Enrique Pena Nieto made a relatively shocking declaration back in March, talking about the Republican’s similarities with Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini.
It was Trumo’s xenophobic rhetoric that made Mr. Nieto say such things. “That’s how Mussolini got in, that’s how Hitler got in”, he added, while publicly refusing to contribute with any funds to the infamous plans of building a wall along the US-Mexico border.
People change and so did Mr. Nieto’s opinions
However, despite these declarations, Mexico’s president is now willing to meet Donald Trump, in the eventuality of him winning the elections in November.
“Yes, I would meet with him,” Enrique Pena Nieto said in an interview. “I have never met him. I can’t agree with some of the things he has said, but I will be absolutely respectful and will seek to work with whomever becomes the next president of the United States.”
As a side note, Mr. Nieto made such comments on several occasions, including after a June 2016 summit, when he met Barack Obama and Canadian prime Minister Justin Trudeau, in Ottawa. He identified specific parallels between the movement buoying Trump and the populism that helped Hitler and Mussolini rode to office, according to Quartz. However, he later mentioned that the only reason he said this was to warn about a potential repeat of such historical catastrophes.
Mexicans aren’t big Trump fans
Of course, we can’t ignore the period when the Mexican president decided to lower his tone on Donald Trump, as the Republican nominee is currently going down in polls from key states, while Hillary Clinton is leading even by double-digits in some locations. As for Mexican citizens, 75% of them wouldn’t consider voting for Trump.