I love how the biggest criticism of Trump during the election is that he wouldn’t be able enough in foreign relations. Then you read an article like this one and it is clear that Trump is going to be downright exceptional in foreign affairs. by Co-opting big Mexican business into his plans for the border he can basically obfuscate any opposition in the Mexican government. The plan is simple, direct, and better, its been proven to work again and again in Latin America.
Washington Post – In the closing days of his campaign, Donald Trump vilified one of the world’s richest men — Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim — as part of a globalist cabal conspiring to extinguish his populist candidacy.
Yet over the weekend, Slim journeyed to Mar-a-Lago, Trump’s estate in Palm Beach, Fla., for what the president-elect described as “a lovely dinner with a wonderful man.”
The peacemaking gesture — the culmination of weeks of back-channel negotiations that included a secret visit to Mexico City by a Trump envoy — signals a possible thawing between Trump and Mexico’s business and political elite, which he had used relentlessly as a foil throughout his campaign.
The communications raised hopes in Mexico’s business community that Trump might reconsider his vow to tear up the North American Free Trade Agreement and be persuaded to adopt less hard-line immigration and economic policies, which were cornerstones of his campaign.
Larry Rubin, president of the American Society of Mexico and a key liaison between Republican officials in the United States and Mexican leaders, said Trump and his team are forging a better understanding of shared economic interests between the two countries.
Saturday, just hours before his dinner with Slim, Trump staged the final rally of his “thank you” tour in Mobile, Ala., and the crowd chanted, “Build that wall!”
“Do not worry. We are going to build the wall,” Trump said, reiterating his promise to erect a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border to keep out undocumented immigrants and to make Mexico pay for it.
Trump and Slim’s dinner was designed to open a friendly line of communication rather than delve into policy details, according to people briefed on the discussions.
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