Former Mexican President Vicente Fox has spent so much time attacking and lampooning Donald Trump over the past year, some in the United States mistakenly think he still is the President of Mexico. That job actually belongs to the much more understated Enrique Peña Nieto, who has tried to strike a diplomatic tone with Trump, even while standing firm against Trump’s stupidest Mexico-related proposals. However, after an ugly phone conversation, Peña Nieto has finally had enough.
President Peña Nieto is now blowing off his upcoming scheduled visit to the United States, according to a new Washington Post report. Why? During their phone call Trump acted like a jerk, or as the Mexican government is more diplomatically phrasing it, Trump “lost his temper.” (link). This is far from the first time in which Trump has been, publicly or privately, hostile toward the leader of a key United States ally. But this time around it’s different.
In the past, Trump has seemingly tried being rude to the leaders of nations like Canada, Japan, and Australia in the hopes of jolting them. He appeared to believe that he could harass U.S. allies into coughing up more favorable trade deals or other concessions. Thus far there hasn’t been a single instance of that tactic working, as we’ve learned the hard way that Trump’s threatening and blustering approach simply does not work.
This time around, it doesn’t sound like Donald Trump was being strategically nasty toward Enrique Peña Nieto in the hope it would somehow jolt Mexico into paying for his stupid border wall. Instead it sounds like Trump simply got frustrated at his own total impotence when it comes to diplomatic negotiations, and he lost his mind – ahem, lost his temper out of sheer frustration. Trump is failing on every possible level. This is just the latest reminder.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report