President Peña Nieto and Trump, moments after the meeting, held a joint press conference, in which Peña Nieto said he hoped the next president of the U.S.
On the subject of the wall—an elephant in the room of as-of-yet undetermined height—Trump responded to one of the few questions allowed at the press conference: “We didn’t discuss who will pay for the wall.” “There have been misunderstandings or affirmations that unfortunately hurt and affected Mexicans in their perceptions of his candidacy, which I have been completely respectful of,” Peña said, moments after the meeting.
For most of the country, however—politicians, pundits, and regular people—you could not find a more disliked pair to team up to discuss the interests and prospects for either country.
He’s got the money.” Trump, who originally claimed he could build the wall for 4 billion, has since increased his estimate to as much as “maybe 12 billion, depending”—an estimate that experts have repeatedly refuted, considering it conservative to point of ludicracy.
Calls for Peña Nieto’s resignation have been repeated and resounding, following the multiple corruption scandals, incendiary protests over education reforms involving teachers and their unions in central Mexico, and violent fallout over several state-sponsored massacres—including that of 43 teaching students who by the government’s own account were abducted by authorities, delivered into the hands of bloodthirsty cartel operatives, and systematically incinerated in a garbage dump in the troubled state of Guerrero almost two years ago.