Donald Trump's Mexico visit: 'He took the hardline approach', says journalist

Donald Trump's Mexico visit: 'He took the hardline approach', says journalist

Donald Trump at a campaign rally in Mississippi

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Journalist Sebastian Payne has explained how Donald Trump took "the hardline approach" in his trip to Mexico.

It's fair to say relations between the Republican candidate and Mexico will have been somewhat frosty of late. The businessman infamously said Mexican immigrants "bring drugs, crime and rapists" into America, and even pledged to build a wall along the southern border of the United States - and make the Mexican government pay for it. 

So It came as a surprise to many people when Trump announced he was visiting Mexico earlier this week. The businessman met president Enrique Peña Nieto for a discussion about trade and other key ideas - including Trump's infamous wall idea - in what appeared to be an attempt to rebuild bridges in the event that the billionaire does win the race to the White House.

Despite this, the people of Mexico made their view clear - the hashtag #TrumpNoEresBienvenido (Trump you're not welcome) was trending during his visit. And Trump's apparent softening didn't last - upon his return to the US, he made it clear at a campaign rally in Arizona that Mexico will "100%" pay for the wall. 

Payne, a digital comment editor for the Financial Times, shed light on the businessman's trip south of the border, and why he might have returned to his rhetoric once he was back on US soil.

"It's quite hard to figure out what's going in in the mind of Donald Trump at the best of times," he told Julia Hartley-Brewer. "There's been a lot going on in his campaign over the last few weeks. For instance, there's been a wholesale change in leadership. 

"It's not a surprise when he went to Mexico - no one's really sure why he went in the first place - but he took the hardline approach. 

"He's going to do the campaign as he wants it, I don't think he's going to acquiesce. This is Trump being Trump."