Donald Trump confirmed he will travel to Mexico City Wednesday to meet with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, just hours before the Republican presidential nominee delivers a speech in Arizona on immigration policy, according to a source familiar with the situation.
The trip was first reported by the Washington Post, which reported that talks between the Trump camp and Mexican officials were ongoing, but logistics and security concerns were still being sorted out.
Peña Nieto had invited both Trump and his Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton to visit Mexico last week. Reports indicate the Republican's campaign decided over the weekend to accept the invitation and would try to work out a visit this week.
Such a visit would be clouded with resentment and heated feelings over Trump’s xenophobic campaign promises which include building a wall on the border with Mexico in order to stop immigrants he called “rapists and criminals” from coming to the United States.
Trump said that he would make Mexico pay for building the wall, to which Peña Nieto responded by saying there was “no way" he would let that happen.
In New York in June 2015, while announcing his run for president, Trump said: "When Mexico sends its people, they're not sending their best ... 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."
In his speech in Arizona, Trump will detail where he stands on immigration after reportedly worrying some conservative allies last week when he suggested he was "softening" his stance on mass deportations.
Trump aides said he would reaffirm his determination to build a border wall to curtail new crossings and to quickly deport immigrants who have committed crimes in the United States.