His visit to Mexico was a risky one. He risked, of course, physical harm or, more probable, an embarrasing incident or two that would become headlines for weeks. None of that happened. The Mexican President treated Trump with respect and courtesy, and Trump reciprocated. One of the amazing things to come out of the visit, something almost ignored by the media, was that Peña expressed willingness to renegotiate NAFTA! This from CNBC,
Pena Nieto said he and Trump disagree on some topics, but added that cooperation between the countries is essential. He noted that the North American Free Trade Agreement, a frequent Trump punching bag, has benefited both countries but can be improved.Trump's not even president and he has gotten Mexico to agree to "improve" NAFTA! Not to mention, of course, that Peña did not reject the idea of a wall to protect "both countries."
Give Trump some credit, folks, give him sone credit.
His immigration speech later in the day in Arizona was also very good. I have only two criticisms:
1) it perhaps might have been better to delay it a day or so so as not to step on his visit to Mexico;
2) I would have mentioned the idea of a temporary suspension of immigration until we have a new system in place.
Those, of course, are minor quibbles. His speech was good, provided a lot of solid proposals, and put the focus on how our out-of-control immigration system puts the nation at risk. I haven't heard anything comparable from Hillary Clinton.
A good day for Trump. I think the Clinton campaign had better start sweating. In my view, they are preparing to lash out at a Trump who is no longer there. There is a new Trump on the campaign trail who is highly unpredictable, savvy, and very nimble.
Keep it up.