- La Jornada
Donald Trump’s visit to Mexico may have gotten mixed reviews in the US, but Mexican news outlets seemed to universally pan the businessman’s unexpected appearance.
Many news outlets, including popular Mexico City newspaper La Universal, labeled the Republican presidential nominee a threat to Mexico.
Meanwhile, Universal columnist Mario Melgar Aladid slammed Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto for inviting Trump against the wishes of the Mexican people:
“Trump is an enemy to Mexicans. He’s worse than a persona non grata. He never should have been welcomed.”
Another Universal columnist, Ricardo Raphael, blasted Peña Nieto for the poor timing of the joint press conference, which occurred just hours before Trump doubled down on his hardline immigration stance in a speech in Arizona.
“Why didn’t you wait, before hosting him in your house, until the Republican candidate gave his immigration speech? Did you know that’s the most discriminatory place for Mexicans? Did it occur to you that if Trump picked Arizona, he would spark outrage, demonizing us as the cause for all the United States’ problems?”
Mexico City newspaper La Jornada painted Trump’s “fleeting appearance” as an embarrassment for Mexico in an article titled “The day Donald Trump triumphed in Mexico.”
The bad press for Peña Nieto continued in Guadalajara, Mexico’s second-largest metropolitan area.
“There’s no way to interpret Trump’s visit to Los Pinos as positive for the president and for Mexico,” wrote Informador columnist Diego Petersen.
“Trump, who was the guest, should have spoken first, so that the President’s remarks would have had closing power. It was clearly an error to hold a joint press conference, because evidently the focus was on the Republican candidate and not the president of Mexico.”
In Ciudad Juárez, a city of 1.3 million near the Texas border, the newspaper Juárez Hoy emphasized Trump’s unpopularity.
“Mexicans are disgusted by Trump’s visit” read the top headline.