Donald Trump may be increasingly staying on script, but the outspoken real-estate mogul is still willing to crack the controversial improvised joke.
In a speech in New Hampshire on Thursday, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee attempted to reiterate his scepticism and outright opposition to some international trade agreements with countries like Mexico and China, whom Trump insists are unfairly benefiting from trade partnerships with the US.
When a plane buzzed overhead, the real-estate magnate joked that it could be from Mexico.
“What they have done to us is incredible. Their leaders are so much smarter, so much sharper. It’s incredible. In fact, that could be a Mexican plane up there. They’re getting ready to attack,” Trump said.
Since the beginning of his campaign, Trump has repeatedly criticised the US relationship with Mexico. Saying that the country is “not sending their best” immigrants to the US, Trump has promised to force Mexico to pay for a wall along the southern US border, and and promised to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement between the US, Canada, and Mexico.
For its part, the Obama administration has attempted to assuage fears among Mexican officials about a more tense relationship between the two countries.
Standing next to Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto at a press conference in Canada on Wednesday, Obama slammed Trump’s attempts to cast himself as a populist.
“[Trump] has never shown any regard for workers, has never fought on behalf of social justice issues or making sure that poor kids are getting a decent shot at life, have healthcare. In fact, have worked against economic opportunity for workers and ordinary people. They don’t suddenly become a populist because they say something controversial in order to win votes. That’s not the measure of populism. That’s nativism. Or xenophobia,” Obama said. “Or worse. Or it’s just cynicism.”
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