Former Mexican president Vicente Fox may think he used overly strong words to condemn Donald Trump’s immigration proposals, but that doesn’t mean he thinks much of the presumptive GOP nominee’s attitude towards his home country.
“He’s been aggressive with every single component of the community, society, nations,” Fox said in a Thursday afternoon interview with Fox News’ Neil Cavuto.
Fox’s remarks came one day after Breitbart News ran an interview in which Fox apologized if he offended anyone by declaring that Mexico would not bankroll the “fucking wall” Trump has vowed to construct on the United States’ southern border. Many other outlets ran with this framing, implying that Fox was walking back his criticisms about the presumptive GOP Nominee.
He didn’t appear so apologetic during his interview on Fox News, though.
“What I worry about is issues, is fundamental things,” Fox said when Cavuto asked if he regretted going “too far” with his remarks.
“His thinking about strength, for instance, I think it’s an absolute mistake and error,” he continued. “Because the way to create jobs, to create wealth, is by trading and through investment. And the idea of enclosing this great leading nation in four walls and isolated from the rest of the world is crazy. It does not go with the 21st century.”
Fox held that Trump was welcome to visit Mexico to learn “the way of life of others” and maintained that Trump’s idea to have Mexico pay for the border wall was absurd.
“U.S. taxpayers are going to pay for that wall,” Fox insisted.