Former Mexico President Felipe Calderon has weighed in on U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump’s proposal to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border -- and to get Mexico to pay for it.
“Mexican people, we are not going to pay any single cent for such a stupid wall!” Calderon told CNBC. “And it’s going to be completely useless.”
"The first loser of such a policy would be the United States," he added.
Trump has said that, by building a wall along the border, national security and the U.S. economy would improve.
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“If [Trump] 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,” Calderon said.
The former president then scolded Trump for characterizing Mexicans as criminal drug dealers and “rapists.”
“It is incredible that a quite admirable society like the American society could produce such kind of candidates,” Calderon said. “I cannot understand that. No offense, no offense to America. So Donald Trump … is ambitious but not exactly very well-informed man. I don’t want to say ignorant, but he is not very well informed.”
In August 2015, Fox News host Bill O’Reilly asked Trump how he planned on convincing Mexico President Enrique Pena Nieto to pay for the proposed wall.
“They’re making a fortune,” Trump said, according to Business Insider. “Mexico is making a fortune in the United States. … I’m going to say: ‘Mexico, guess what? This is not going to continue. You’re going to pay for the wall.’”
Calderon’s comments indicate that it may not be so simple.
On Feb. 8, the presidential candidate’s son, Donald Trump Jr., told Breitbart that the process of building his father’s wall “would start in the first hundred days” of his presidency.