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”.
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.
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