Former Mexican President Felipe Calderon announced on Feb. 6 that Mexico would never pay for a wall along its border with the U.S., despite U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s calls to do so.
Calderon, who was in office from 2006 to 2012, spoke to CNBC about Trump’s plan to keep undocumented immigrants from entering the U.S. and insisted that the billionaire was a "not very well-informed man.”
"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 added. "The first loser of such a policy would be the United States. 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."
In June 2015, Trump made headlines for his announcement that, if elected president, he would build a border wall between the U.S. and Mexico and force the Mexican government to pay for it, according to MSNBC. He also made inflammatory remarks against Mexican immigrants, accusing them of being criminals and rapists.
"When Mexico sends its people, they're not sending their best,” Trump said at the time, according to CNBC. “They're sending people that have lots of problems, and they're bringing those problems with us. They're bringing drugs. They're bringing crime. They're rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.”
Calderon expressed bafflement that a candidate such as Trump, who angered many segments of the U.S. population with his incendiary remarks, could be one of the front-runners in the race for the Republican nomination.
"It is incredible that a quite admirable society like the American society could produce such kind of candidates," Calderon told CNBC. "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."