Mexico won’t pay a cent for Donald Trump’s “stupid wall,” says former president Felipe Calderón, who also questioned the caliber of candidates in the upcoming election for U.S. president.
Calderón told CNBC on Saturday that Trump, who is leading the polls among Republican candidates for president, is a “not very well-informed man.”
Trump has been insisting that he will seal the Mexico-U.S. border to keep out illegal migrants, and that Mexico will pay for it.
“Mexican people, we are not going to pay any single cent for such a stupid wall! And it’s going to be completely useless,” Calderon said.
The former National Action Party president, who held office from 2006 until 2012, said the U.S. would be “the first loser” of such a policy.
“If this guy pretends that closing the borders to anywhere either for trade (or) for people is going to provide prosperity to the United States, he is completely crazy.”
He also said it was “incredible” that a society he described as “admirable” could produce such a candidate. “I cannot understand that. No offense, no offense to America.”
Calderón said Mexican labor force migration to the U.S. is in decline anyway, and pointed to the new job opportunities that now exist in Mexico, while conceding there were still “bad salaries” in this country.
Mexican students, he said, do not want to go north because they can find work in Mexico.
Source: CNBC (en)