It was but a week ago that Presidential Nominee Donald Trump met with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto to discuss future plans between Mexico and the US. “Plans” of course, refers to the only subject of interest to Trump and the viewers of the press conference: Trump’s plan to build a wall between the US and Mexico and force the latter to pay for it in full.
When asked, both politicians affirmed that the wall had been discussed, although Trump stated payment of the wall had not been brought up, while Nieto made it clear Mexico would not pay for it.
Although Nieto had previously issued caustic remarks towards Trump due to the Republican Nominee’s blanket statement of certain Mexican immigrants as “murderers” and “rapists,” Nieto affirmed that the discussion was a positive step.
“Exchanges between the U.S. and Mexico contribute talent and prosperity on both sides of the border. Mexicans in the U.S. are honest people and hard-working. They are well-intentioned people who respect the institutions of family and community life and the law. In exchange, Mexicans deserve the respect of everyone,” remarked Nieto.
More remarkable than the tepid meeting was the result; Wednesday marked the single-day small-dollar donation high in the GOP candidate’s fundraising efforts, raking in $5 million on that day alone. The figure only tallies online donations of less than $200, not even including phoned-in or mailed-in contributions.
The boom is mainly attributed to the candidate’s coordination between his talk with the Mexican president and his cancellation of his speech in Phoenix the same day, coinciding with two spikes in his donations during both days.
With many Trump supporters wondering whether Trump’s stance has changed with regards to his mass deportation plan, but with an incline in popularity and funding, many are still wondering if Trump’s campaign remains an impossibility or rises to a credible threat to Clinton’s presidential run.