Trump meets with Mexican president ahead of immigration speech in Arizona

Donald Trump speaking to supporters at an immigration policy speech in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo credit: Gage Skidmore)

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump traveled to Mexico Wednesday to meet with the president ahead of delivering a speech on immigration in Phoenix, Arizona. Nell Abram has more.

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The hastily-announced trip prompted a tsunami of outrage south of the border; both at the visit by the candidate who has called Mexicans “criminals” and “rapists” and at Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto for extending the invitation.

Peña Nieto and Trump met privately for an hour and later spoke to the press in the head of state’s official residence. The Mexican president cordially allowed Trump to dominate the stage and take questions only from reporters in his entourage.

After leaving Mexico, Trump went to Phoenix, Arizona where he gave a speech on immigration that some describe as his most hateful and xenophobic thus far in the campaign.

“On day one, we will begin working on an impenetrable, physical, tall, powerful, beautiful, southern border wall,” said Trump.

A wall already exists along part of the U.S.-Mexico border and private military contractors have been the leading recipients of billions of dollars in federal funds to supply so-called ‘smart border’ electronic surveillance infrastructure and equipment.

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