Standing beside Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump explained his vision for a cooperative relationship with America's southern neighbor, and insisted on America's right to build a wall along its border with Mexico.
"We recognize and respect the right of either country to build a physical barrier or wall," Trump said in a statement after the meeting. He also said, "I love the United States very much and we want to make sure the people of the United States are very well protected."
Trump says he shared his belief that NAFTA has benefited Mexico more than the United States. He said workers in both countries need to benefit from “fair and reciprocal” trade. He said he told Pena Nieto that action needs to be taken to stem the tremendous outflow of jobs from the United States. He says prosperity and happiness will increase if the two countries work together on five shared goals:
1) ending illegal immigration;
2) having a secure border (he says it is a sovereign right and a physical barrier can be built to stop the flow of illegal weapons and drugs);
3) dismantling drug cartels and ending the movement of weapons and funds across the border;
4) improving NAFTA (he says it is a 22-year-old agreement that must be updated to “reflect the realities of today”…. Trump says industry must be kept in “our hemisphere”… he says workers in both countries need “a pay raise”);
5) Keep manufacturing wealth "in our hemisphere."
"“Mr. Trump’s trip to Mexico is an impressive display of his ability to serve as our nation’s president on day one. This shows Mr. Trump’s commitment to strengthening our economy as well as our relationship with our neighbor, Mexico," the Trump campaign said in a statement.
Watch the video of both statements: