THE MEXICAN STANDOFF

Today, Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto canceled his meeting with President Trump.  This is being touted by many media venues as a proactive move by Mr. Nieto.

But they are leaving a little something out.

From Daniella Diaz’s article at CNN (which suddenly seems to be seeing two sides of the story when it comes to Trump):

Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto on Thursday canceled a meeting with US President Donald Trump that had been set for next week after renewed tensions over Trump’s plan to build a wall on the border.

“This morning we have informed the White House that I will not attend the meeting scheduled for next Tuesday with the POTUS,” Peña Nieto tweeted.
Earlier Thursday morning, Trump had tweeted that it would be better to skip the meeting if Peña Nieto continued to insist Mexico would not pay for the wall — something the Mexican leader had said as recently as Wednesday evening.
  
“If Mexico is unwilling to pay for the badly needed wall, then it would be better to cancel the upcoming meeting,” Trump tweeted and in an earlier tweet he noted the US’s trade deficit with Mexico and what he said were the American job losses caused by NAFTA.

 

Well, there you go.  President Nieto sure did show President Trump, didn’t he?  Mexico won’t meet with the United States.  Take THAT, Trump!

But there is a problem.  The problem is that Mr. Trump’s reaction is to shrug his shoulders and tell Mexico it either must be accommodating, or we will go “in a different direction”.

Tell me:  which country should be more worried about that position?  The USA or Mexico?

We know what leverage the USA has.  Where’s Mexico’s leverage?

What is Nieto going to do?  Threaten to stop illegals from jumping the border?  Threaten to close the factories that employ Mexicans to make products sold to us?

What Donald Trump is doing, whether Mr. Nieto realizes it or not, is sending a crystal clear message to him and the rest of the world that the United States of America is reasserting its position in the world.  That the tail is no longer going to be wagging the dog.

Some parts of the world are not going to like that.

But they had damn well better start learning to live with it.

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