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.
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.