A former Mexican president has responded bluntly to Donald Trump’s pledge to build a wall along the US southern border and make Mexico pay for it.
“I’m not going to pay for the f***ing wall. He should pay for it. He’s got the money,” said Vicente Fox, who led Mexico between 2000 and 2006.
Referring to the business mogul’s win in the Nevada primary this week, the former President said: “[He won] 44 per cent of Hispanics. I’d like to know who those Hispanic’s are.
“They are followers of a false prophet and he’s going to take them to the desert… And if they think they will benefit with an administration led by Donald Trump, they’re wrong. They must open their eyes…This nation is going to fail if it goes into the hands of a crazy guy", he said in an interview with Fusion.
“What is Trump? He’s not a Republican. Absolutely not. Those are not the Republican principles. He is not a Democrat, he is just himself. He is ego-centric.”
Mr Fox’s strong rebuttal comes after the 69-year-old Republican frontrunner Mr Trump has repeatedly vowed to erect a great wall along the US’s southern border and make Mexico cough up the funds for it. He had also directed his wrath at Mexico, which he has accused of “bringing their worst people” to America, including criminals and “rapists”.
Donald Trump's most controversial quotes
Donald Trump's most controversial quotes
1/14 On Isis:
"Some of the candidates, they went in and didn’t know the air conditioner didn’t work and sweated like dogs, and they didn’t know the room was too big because they didn’t have anybody there. How are they going to beat ISIS?"
2/14 On immigration:
"I will build a great wall — and nobody builds walls better than me, believe me —and I’ll build them very inexpensively. I will build a great, great wall on our southern border, and I will make Mexico pay for that wall. Mark my words."
3/14 On Free Trade:
"Free trade is terrible. Free trade can be wonderful if you have smart people. But we have stupid people."
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4/14 On Mexicans:
"When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re sending people that have lots of problems. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists."
5/14 On China:
"I just sold an apartment for $15 million to somebody from China. Am I supposed to dislike them?... I love China. The biggest bank in the world is from China. You know where their United States headquarters is located? In this building, in Trump Tower."
6/14 On work:
"If you're interested in 'balancing' work and pleasure, stop trying to balance them. Instead make your work more pleasurable."
7/14 On success:
"What separates the winners from the losers is how a person reacts to each new twist of fate."
8/14 On life:
"Everything in life is luck."
9/14 On ambition:
"You have to think anyway, so why not think big?"
10/14 On his opponents:
"Bush is totally in favour of Common Core. I don't see how he can possibly get the nomination. He's weak on immigration. He's in favour of Common Core. How the hell can you vote for this guy? You just can't do it."
11/14 On Obamacare:
"You have to be hit by a tractor, literally, a tractor, to use it, because the deductibles are so high. It's virtually useless. And remember the $5 billion web site?... I have so many web sites, I have them all over the place. I hire people, they do a web site. It costs me $3."
12/14 On Barack Obama:
"Obama is going to be out playing golf. He might be on one of my courses. I would invite him. I have the best courses in the world. I have one right next to the White House."
13/14 On himself:
"Love him or hate him, Trump is a man who is certain about what he wants and sets out to get it, no holds barred. Women find his power almost as much of a turn-on as his money."
14/14 On America:
"The American Dream is dead. But if I get elected president I will bring it back bigger and better and stronger than ever before and we will make America great again."
In response, Mr Trump wrote on Twitter: “Vincente Fox horribly used the F word when discussing the wall. He must apologise! If I did that there would be uproar!”
Speaking at a New Hampshire rally Mr Trump added that the wall “just got ten feet taller”.
Last week the former business mogul came under fire from Pope Francis for his Mexican border policy. “A person who thinks only about building walls, wherever they may be, and not building bridges, is not Christian,” Francis said when a reporter asked him about Mr Trump.Reuse content