Trump to Make Surprise Visit to Mexico
He plans to meet President Enrique Peña Nieto before immigration speech
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 31, 2016 2:16 AM CDT
Updated Aug 31, 2016 5:58 AM CDT
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Alicia Lopez Fernandez paints a pinata depicting Donald Trump at her family's store "Pinatas Mena Banbolinos" in Mexico City.   (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte, File)
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(Newser) – Before his big immigration speech on Wednesday, Donald Trump plans to visit somewhere where he is hated so much that he is regularly burnt in effigy during parties—and it's not Ted Cruz's house. Instead, Trump will make a surprise visit to Mexico to meet President Enrique Peña Nieto, who has slammed Trump's plan to make Mexico pay for a border wall and compared the candidate to the likes of Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini, reports the Washington Post. Trump's campaign says Peña Nieto invited both Trump and Clinton to Mexico a few days ago and Trump has decided to take him up on the offer for private talks.

Trump's Arizona speech on immigration is scheduled for 6pm local time Wednesday and the Mexico visit will probably happen around midday, after a fundraising trip to California, reports the Guardian, which notes that Trump made no mention of a border wall or a "deportation force" during a speech in Everett, Wash., on Tuesday night. Sources tell the Post that new campaign chief Steve Bannon urged Trump to make the visit, saying it would get headlines and make him seem statesmanlike. It's less clear what benefits the visit could have for Peña Nieto, whose approval level has sunk to just 23% and is unlikely to be raised by appearing with Trump.