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WSJ: Trump Treating Mexico Like Obama Treated Israel

WSJ: Trump Treating Mexico Like Obama Treated Israel

By    |   Friday, 27 January 2017 11:58 AM

The Wall Street Journal slammed President Donald Trump's actions regarding Mexico and said the administration has touched off a diplomatic crisis.

"Mr. Trump is a foreign-affairs neophyte, but he is already learning that nations can't be bullied like GOP candidates or CEOs," the newspaper said in an editorial. "They have their own nationalist political dynamics and when attacked they push back.

"Mr. Trump said as a candidate that he'd treat America's friends better than Mr. Obama did, but his first move has been to treat Mexico like Mr. Obama treated Israel. On present course he may get comparable results, or worse."

The newspaper noted Trump and Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto had been scheduled to meet in Washington to talk about trade, immigration and the border.

"Mr. Trump proceeded to roll out the red carpet by announcing his plan to build "the wall" on the U.S. southern border that Mexicans of all political stripes consider an insult," the newspaper said.

And then White House press secretary Sean Spicer reiterated that Trump expected Mexico to pay for it, according to the Journal.

The meeting between the two leaders was later cancelled.

"Mr. Spicer added confusion with some comments about a border fee as part of tax reform," the newspaper said. "Chief of Staff Reince Priebus tried to walk that back, but this is amateur hour."

And it noted Trump left no room open for compromise.

"Trump's path to the Presidency as an outsider always implied on-the-job-training," the Journal said. "This week's lesson: The world is not a Republican primary. President Trump's Twitter broadsides against Mexico have unleashed a political backlash that has now become a diplomatic crisis with a friendly neighbor."

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