Donald Trump's bags are packed. The Republican nominee is heading to Mexico on Wednesday to meet with President Enrique Peña Nieto, who in July invited both U.S. presidential candidates to speak.
“I have accepted the invitation of President Enrique Pena Nieto, of Mexico, and look very much forward to meeting him tomorrow,” Trump tweeted on Tuesday.
I have accepted the invitation of President Enrique Pena Nieto, of Mexico, and look very much forward to meeting him tomorrow.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 31, 2016
That evening, Peña Nieto's office confirmed that the real estate mogul had accepted his invitation to meet privately.
"In the past days, the President @EPN invited both U.S. presidential candidates to a dialogue on the bilateral relations between Mexico and the United States. Mr. @realDonaldTrump has accepted the invitation and will meet tomorrow in private with the President @EPN,” the Mexican office tweeted in Spanish.
— Presidencia México (@PresidenciaMX) August 31, 2016
The last-minute meet-up is momentous considering Trump has built his campaign around anti-Mexican rhetoric and policies. Last June, he launched his bid for presidency by saying that Mexico sends rapists and drug-runners to the U.S. and, since then, has proposed controversial policies like deporting 11 million undocumented immigrants en masse and having Mexico pay to build a wall along the border.
In response to Trump’s unabashed racism and xenophobia, Peña Nieto, long silent on the candidate, spoke out earlier this year, comparing him to dictators Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini.
Despite this, the Mexican president asked to meet with both him and rival Hillary Clinton during a joint news conference with President Barack Obama at the White House last month.
"Mrs. Hillary Clinton and Mr. Donald Trump, I would like to express to both of them my greatest respect, my deepest respect. And from right now, I propose going into a frank, open dialogue with whomever is elected," he said.
Apparently, Trump didn’t want to wait till Election Day to get the in-person conversation going.
Stay tuned for more on the Trump-Peña Nieto meet-up.