Former president of Mexico Vicente Fox took aim at U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday, calling him a “wild animal” whose ideas about Mexico reveal “economic ignorance.”
In an interview with CBC News Network, Fox said Canada and Mexico must band together in the face of Trump’s assertion that the North American Free Trade Agreement should be scrapped, as well as his plan to build a wall between the U.S. and Mexico.
“That’s the right, the prerogative of the United States to decide if they want to build a wall within their territory,” said Fox, who was president of Mexico from 2000 to 2006.
“What we will never, ever, ever accept is to pay for that wall in Mexico. That’s a crazy idea; it’s out of any consideration.”
Fox noted that Mexico’s current president, Enrique Pena Nieto, has told Trump that Mexico will not pick up the tab for a wall dividing their two nations.
“Congress in Mexico has already stated legally that that cannot happen,” said Fox.
If Trump attempts to fund the construction of a wall by taxing remittances on migrant workers, he said, Mexico will respond in turn. “Nobody will win with these crazy wars,” said Fox. “Everybody will lose.”
“But when you have a crazy horse and wild animal in front of you that doesn’t understand reason, then you have to act in a different manner, eye-for-eye, teeth-for-teeth.”
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