When Donald Trump announced he had accepted the invitation of Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto to meet, the liberal press salivated over the possibility of a disaster in the making.
They believed the Mexican President would embarrass Trump and help Hillary Clinton win the election.
But when the event was over, liberals were left with egg dripping down their faces.
Trump held a private meeting with President Nieto, and then the two leaders made public comments followed by Trump taking a few questions from the press.
In the private meeting, Nieto expressed his displeasure with some of Trump’s strong stands to secure our border, while Trump reiterated his desire to stop illegal immigration and rework the disastrous global trade deals that have ravaged the American middle class.
During the public portion of the trip, Trump appeared calm, statesman-like and filled the role of would-be President.
Trump described his meeting in very positive terms.
And many in the media agreed that the trip was a success for Trump.
Byron York wrote in the Washington Examiner:
“Indeed, it was a big win — a very big win — for Trump. Going into a meeting with the potential for disaster — who knew how Pena Nieto would receive the world’s most controversial presidential candidate or what embarrassments might lie ahead? Trump came out of the meeting looking very much like a potential President of the United States. Standing beside the Mexican leader in front of a green-gray granite wall reminiscent of the United Nations, Trump presented the picture of a statesman.
Less than 24 hours earlier, Trump was reciting “The Snake” before a rowdy audience in Everett, Washington. In Mexico, he looked like a world leader.”
Even the left-leaning Politico was forced to admit the trip benefited the Republican nominee:
“Donald Trump could barely have scripted it better. After a year of tormenting Mexico as a hostile foe, he stepped to a podium on Mexican soil — alongside the country’s leader Enrique Peña Nieto — and got a president’s welcome.
Trump emerged from an hourlong huddle with Peña Nieto and the pair delivered side-by-side statements, embedding subtle criticisms of each other inside enthusiastic declarations of mutual respect. But it was the precise visual Trump had hoped for: a bilateral news conference that amounted to a preview of what similar international trips might look like in a Trump presidency.
In written remarks — delivered in stilted bursts — Trump clung tightly to his arguments that the North American Free Trade Agreement had benefited Mexico disproportionately to the United States’ detriment. He described a mutual agreement with Peña Nieto about each country’s right to build a border wall. Peña Nieto even contended that Trump’s hot-blooded rhetoric about Mexicans has been, in some cases, “misinterpretations.”
And former Hillary Clinton Spokesman Howard Wolfson described the trip as a “home run.”
If you believe Trump needed to pivot, moderate and look more Presidential, that event was a home run.
— howard wolfson (@howiewolf) August 31, 2016
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