From New York Post
Rudy Giuliani shut down discussion about payment of the border wall during Donald Trump’s meeting last week with the Mexican president because it wasn’t part of the “ground rules” for the Mexico City visit, the former New York mayor said Sunday.
Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto indeed brought up who would pay for a border wall — despite Trump’s initial claim it wasn’t discussed — but Giuliani told CNN’s “State of the Union” he snuffed out the subject quickly in favor of common ground.
“I said it that it was off the table,” Giuliani said. “We had ground rules for this meeting and one of the ground rules was we are not going to discuss paying for the wall because that’s not something we are going to agree about. What we wanted to do is find areas of common agreement.
“And maybe the president’s staff didn’t brief him about it, maybe the president forgot it, but he brought it up. It wasn’t at the very beginning it was sort of in the middle of a sentence and I just briefly said: ‘That’s not on the table.’ The reality is they have a disagreement over that.”
During a press conference after the Wednesday confab, Trump told reporters the payment for the wall wasn’t discussed, but Pena Nieto tweeted afterwards: “At the beginning of the conversation with Donald Trump, I made clear that Mexico will not pay for the wall.”
The vast majority of US voters agree with Mexico and don’t think Trump can execute his signature campaign pledge to have Mexico pony up, a new survey has found.
Just 13 percent of voters surveyed by ABC News say Trump deliver on his promise, whereas 78 percent believe the GOP nominee can’t get Mexico to pay for a border wall.
The majority of voters in the online survey also had a negative reaction to Trump’s immigration speech in Arizona last week where he doubled down on the wall, pledged to create a deportation force to round up “criminal aliens” and pledged no amnesty.
The leading adjectives to describe the speech were “ridiculous,” “disgust,” “idiot,” and “stupid.”
But Trump allies largely viewed the billionaire’s statesman–like visit as a success, with one Trump ally comparing the day-trip to Mexico to President Nixon’s weeklong historic state visit to China.
“It’s Nixonian,” said Trump insider Roger Stone told John Catsimatidis on “The Cats Roundtable” on AM 970 in New York. “If Nixon can go to China, Trump can go to Mexico … Both men [Trump and Pena Nieto] proved that they could be civil. They could be productive. And they could work together to try to find solutions. This was a tour de force for Trump because he looks a lot more presidential than Hillary…”
Nixon was the first US president to visit to China in 1972 and the eight-day trip was the start to normalizing relations with the communist regime and shifting the balance of power in the Cold War.
Trump’s running mate Mike Pence, however, thought Hillary Clinton most resembled Nixon.
“It’s just more evidence Hillary Clinton is the most dishonest candidate for President of the United States since Richard Nixon,” Pence told NBC’s “Meet the Press” noting Clinton’s private email server controversy.
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