Salinas speaks with Paola Rojas of Televisa. Salinas speaks with Paola Rojas of Televisa.

Salinas on Trump: ‘enormous ignorance’

Former president offers scathing criticism about US leader

Former president Carlos Salinas de Gortari has come out with a scathing verbal attack against United States President Donald Trump, declaring that he has shown enormous ignorance about Mexico and displayed racist attitudes towards the country.

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In an interview with the broadcaster Televisa, Salinas — president from 1988 to 1994 — also said that the views Trump holds about the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), currently subject to a process of renegotiation, are misguided.

“It’s very regrettable that he blames the treaty for the problem of the disappearance of companies in the United States when that was [already] happening in the ‘60s,” Salinas said.

“And also, he says that the commercial surplus we have today is the fault of NAFTA when in fact they don’t have a treaty with China and [China] has a surplus [with the U.S.] 10 times the size of Mexico’s. There is ignorance on basic issues of the economy and that ignorance is causing bad policy,” he added.

While Salinas’ main objective was to promote his new book about the history of the almost 24-year-old trilateral agreement, his comments about the personal qualities he sees in Trump and the president’s rhetoric about Mexico were what garnered most attention.

“[Trump] is a man that surprised the world and even the United State itself by winning the presidential election in his country and he has shown that he has an enormous ignorance about Mexico [and] on occasions even racist attitudes,” the ex-president said.

Salinas himself is also a highly controversial — and widely loathed — political figure, having won the presidency amid claims of fraud while he has also been blamed for the peso crisis which took hold in the early days of his successor’s term.

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The former president, who was in office when NAFTA came into effect on January 1, 1994, also touched on another controversial issue that has only heightened in sensitivity since President Trump took office.

“[On] the migration issue, the ideal would have been for it to be part of the treaty or a simultaneous treaty. I suggested it to president [George H.W.] Bush during the negotiation that we carried out and his response was ‘I have no chance of passing two big treaties in the United States Congress,’” Salinas said.

Salinas argued that migration is a “natural corollary of an economic relationship with open market characteristics” and that due to its aging population, the United States “needs us but doesn’t understand it.”

Trump’s pledge to build a border wall between the two countries, a decision to scrap the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) or “Dreamers” policy and hardline rhetoric on illegal immigration and so-called sanctuary cities have all been controversial binational issues that have harmed the bilateral relationship.

Salinas added that Trump is more concerned about appeasing his electoral base in order to allow the Republican Party to maintain control of Congress in next year’s midterm elections and eventually help him to win reelection.

He also lamented that the relationship between the two countries, that in his experience was based on respect, had been damaged by Trump’s arrival in the White House.

“I had a relationship with two presidents of the United States, George Bush senior and Bill Clinton, and I encountered great politicians in each one of them . . . [both were] very respectful with Mexico and it’s regrettable that doesn’t seem to be the situation now,” he said.

Source: Televisa (sp)

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  • DreadFool

    LOL, the man who ripped off his beloved country in unprecedented ways (open a history book) has really earned the respect of the world, so STFU Mister bald vulcher.

  • Güerito

    Says the guy who was so widely detested after his term in office he had to flee the country and landed in exile in Ireland.

    PRI has enough problems now without this caricature of Mexican corruption wandering the country. They need to put a gag on this guy ASAP if they hope to have a chance in 2018.

    • BB

      Don’t try to distract from the main ingredient. Is Salinas telling the truth about Trump’s ignorance about Mexico? Has Trump displayed racist attitudes toward Mexico? Are Trump’s views about NAFTA misguided? Is Trump more concerned about appeasing his electoral base? Were previous presidents more respectful with Mexico? These are the accusations. You should be answering them, not demonizing Salinas. By demonizing Salinas it shows that you don’t have a legitimate response to his accusations of Trump.

      • Güerito

        When the blowhard leveling the charges is as discredited as Salinas, then, yes, he becomes the issue, not the substance of his mutterings.

        • BB

          Jeffrey Dahmer was never in charge of the US health care system

          • Güerito

            Carlos Salinas is to economic policy what Jeffrey Dahmer is to health care.

        • 101st

          Now you’re equating Salinas to J. Dahmer? Why pay attention to either?

          • Güerito

            Yes. I know it’s a little unfair to Dahmer, but…

      • EPGAH

        He hasn’t made any accusations, just name-calling about “racist” and “xenophobia”.

        If you meant are TRUMP’S accusations valid, then yes, that IS the real issue, if you can stop name-calling for a bit.

        The answers can be found on this very site! Let’s see, “Firearm sales spike over security worries”, “Murder and Mayhem: 44 killed in two days”. So we know Mexicans are violent. Why let more violence into the country?

        There is also “Record remittances were sent in October”, implying Mexicans are thieves, stealing from the economies of the countries they invade. Why let more of THAT in?

        Were previous Presidents more respectful to Mexico? Absolutely, BUT I see absolutely ZERO evidence of that respect being reciprocated. At that point, it stops being respect and starts being “appeasement”. Haven’t we appeased enough enemies and then had a worse time punishing them when we actually decided to punish them? Is America supposed to be their toilet paper forever, to avoid being called “racist”?

        Mexico has used us as a population relief valve, trash dump, free healthcare system, and more for over 160 years. They get our money, we get their thugs and drugs. How is that even remotely fair?

        Trump is a Big Meanie because he’s willing to say NO. They’re spoiled from getting their way for about 160 years. The disciplinarian parent is always hated, but it’s necessary to make the brat GROW UP!
        BTW, how does Mexico treat THEIR illegals, and why aren’t THEY being called “racist” or “xenophobic” for it?

        • Garry Montgomery

          And soon the “violent” Mexicans will start shooting up schools and shopping malls . . . Oh, that’s already done on a regular basis by peace-loving Yankees.

      • EPGAH

        By calling Trump “racist” and “xenophobic”, it shows Salinas–and Mexico in general–don’t have a legitimate response to the accusations that Mexicans are violent thieves.

        As to being rapists, THIS WEEK, two female illegals were raped–BY OTHER ILLEGALS–and demand America pay for their abortions! How entitled can you get? Why not make their parasitic parents pay for it? Why not make MEXICO pay for it? How is something that was 0% our fault–and done EXPLICITLY against our will–100% our financial obligation? I would support “aborting” all the illegals, but they only want their babies aborted…What IS that?

      • Garry Montgomery

        accustations? No, they are truths but told by a corrupt, criminal liar.

        • BB

          I can go with that.

      • David Nichols

        You don’t seem to understand the any analysis of the allegations starts with the credibility of the accuser…So with Salinas at zero in the credibility department, the analysis is complete…his OPINIONS don’t warrant a rebuttal…
        You are free to believe anybody you like and pass along their hyperbole, but nobody else incurrs an obligation to rebut your free floating drivel…

  • Mike S

    Not a fan of Salinas, but he has Trump well defined.

    • BB

      I concur.

  • cooncats

    Ah yes, yet another crooked and inept Mexican politician bitching because someone finally got tired of this idea that Mexicans are entitled to waltz into the U.S. and collect welfare without bothering with the little details like obeying immigration laws and getting legal permissions. However when the shoe is on the other foot…

  • So this former prez and PRI gangster doesn’t like Trump. Big deal.

    • cooncats

      Felipe, don’t get Mike all excited by suggesting this might happen. LOL

  • grantiago

    Salinas de Gortari — the Mexican president who robbed and bankrupt the entire Mexican Population. The IMF with the help of Bill Clinton bailed Mexico out of that. To the tune of $50 billion US to fill the cash void that had shifted to Gortari’s bank account. Presidents in Mexico all rob, cheat and steal, but Gortari is the very face of corruption in hyper-corrupt Mexico. Ignorant is anyone who would pay attention to Gortari: journalists, readers, anyone. An International Court of Justice is the only body that should be paying attention to Gortari. What nerve. Next the Robber Baron of the Mexican Oligarchy, Slim, will be lecturing on how to run the US economy. Whoops! Too late.

    • BB

      This is not about Salinas. This is about Trump. Are the accusations valid? That’s the real issue.

      • 101st

        “Valid”? Depends on which side of the table you’re sitting.

        • BB

          Can chicken taste good depending on which plate I eat it from?

      • grantiago

        No it’s about lending an ear to a theif and liar. The world’s most corrupt person is calling a blabermouth a blabermouth. Who cares? Only idiots without a memory.

        • BB

          Why should I care about Salinas if I live in the US?

  • Just A Guy

    LOL!! And here we have little Carlitos, former president and criminal of a 3rd world cesspool overflowing with corruption who was literally ran out of Mexico attempting to tell the world what’s wrong with President Trump and the United States. This Frito Bandito has no credibility whatsoever. Absolutely laughable.

    • Dave Warren

      I’m sorry …but you can make your point without using racial slurs.

      • Just A Guy

        Or you could just stay in your safe space where you’re not so easily triggered.

        • DreadFool

          Jose Cuervo offers extremely safe spaces

        • Dave Warren

          What’s long and hard on a loud mouth Gringo?
          Yes …you guessed it Grade 3.

          • Just A Guy

            Adios cabron.

            Blocked

          • Dave Warren

            Putz…you can dish it out but you can’t take it . Typical. Tail between your legs and run away…Just like Vietnam.

    • BB

      What about the accusations? Are they factual?

      • Just A Guy

        Are you serious? Good Gawd. And please spare me your worn out donkey agenda talking points. From a liberal’s perspective President Trump will never do good no matter how good that good is. He could throw you a sack of gold and you’d find something wrong with it. That said, and based on your other posts, it would be a total waste of bandwidth to engage you in any kind of educated, civil conversation so I’m not going to waste my time.

        The End.

        • BB

          I thought so. You can’t discredit Salinas’ accusations, so you try to discredit him.

          • Kevin Ensley

            Well….is he your lover?

      • DreadFool

        how can an opinion be factual?

        • BB

          Easy! When they’re truthful.

          • DreadFool

            an opinion is a belief or judgment that rests on grounds insufficient to produce complete certainty.

          • BB

            You think they’re opinions. Everyone else knows what Salinas is saying is fact. Several American politicians have said the same.

          • DreadFool

            quoting politicians as _reference, you’re mentally unstable alright, so we’ll leave it at that, unless you have something to add, like Jesus worked at Home Depot.

          • BB

            I don’t see you adding anything to the topic. Or is demonizing Salinas the only 2 cents you have?

          • DreadFool

            demonizing Salinas LOL

          • Kevin Ensley

            Is he your lover?

      • Garry Montgomery

        by a liar about a liar? Guess. Takes a thief to catch a thief.

  • Commander Barkfeather

    You know it’s possible… just possible… they might BOTH be hyenas.

  • 101st

    “We need them”? Mexico sends us those that Mexico does not want.

  • Güerito

    The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree:

    “The Justice Department has started an investigation into a self-described self-help group in which women were branded with a symbol containing its leader’s initials, several people contacted as part of the inquiry said.

    The Mexican branch of Nxivm recently sued a former member there who quit the organization after 13 years upon hearing about the secret sorority and the branding.

    Nxivm’s Mexican affiliate is headed by Emiliano Salinas, a son of that country’s former president. Its ranks include members of Mexico’s ruling elite, including a daughter of the publisher of one of the country’s biggest newspapers, Reforma. Several women who belong to the group in Mexico have traveled to Albany, where they were branded, two former Nxivm members said.”

    Federal Officials Reportedly Investigating Group Where Women Were Branded

    https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/21/nyregion/nxivm-women-branded-federal-investigation.html

  • Kevin Ensley

    Why would any legitimate news organization give this piece of shit a venue to lie and spew his crap?

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