Vicente Fox to Trump: Come to Mexico, I'm Sorry

Ex-Mexican president preaches forgiveness, says we should all 'love thy neighbor'
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted May 5, 2016 12:36 PM CDT
Vicente Fox to Trump: Come to Mexico, I'm Sorry
Former Mexican President Vicente Fox gives an interview in San Cristobal, Mexico, on March 9, 2016.   (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)

Donald Trump's status as the GOP's presumptive nominee appears to be effecting some changes of heart. His latest mea culpa comes from Vicente Fox, Mexico's former president who ranted about Trump's wall-building scheme in February and continued his anti-Trump diatribe in a tweetstorm last month, telling him he's not even welcome in tourist-friendly Cancun, Politico reports. In a tweet Wednesday, Fox declared, "#Forgiveness is one of the greatest qualities that human beings have, is the quality of a compassionate #Leader," accompanied by a link to a Breitbart article reporting Fox had invited Trump to visit Mexico. "I apologize," he told Breitbart Wednesday regarding his "I'm not going to pay for that f---ing wall" comment. "You have to be humble. … You have to love thy neighbor," he added.

Though perhaps it was somewhat of a backhanded apology (Fox also told Bloomberg this week that Trump was a "false prophet" who will cause a loss of jobs). "If I offended you, I'm sorry. But what about the other way around?" Fox continued. "I don't think [Trump] should follow the strategy of attacking others, offending others, to get to his purpose. There are other ways and means of doing it." He noted that the US and Mexico share a strong trade relationship and that the US reaps the benefits of Mexican labor. "I invite him to come to Mexico and to see what Mexico is all about," Fox said, and he reiterated the invite on Fox News' O'Reilly Factor, per Politico, adding that he could help Trump "think intelligently" about some of these issues. (Fox should read Trump's plans for his first 100 days in office.)

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