by Peter Hasson
The top Mexican official leading negotiations with the U.S. over President Donald Trump’s newly announced tariffs previously compared Trump to Hitler and described him as an “enemy” of Mexico.
Ebrard, a former Mexico City mayor who has served as foreign secretary since December 2018, has been open in his disdain for Trump in the past.
“He, like Hitler, is a good communicator,” Ebrard told The New Yorker in 2016, referring to Trump.
The New Yorker’s article profiled Ebrard’s get-out-the-vote efforts for then-Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.
“It was after hearing Donald Trump speak that I decided to get much more involved, beyond just giving opinions,” Ebrard told the magazine. “The risk represented by el Señor Trump, the things that he says, in particular about Mexico, but in general, too, are like nothing else I’ve encountered.”
Roughly a week before the 2016 election, Ebrard called Trump the greatest “enemy” that Mexico has faced in “many years.”
Cada voto cuenta, apoyemos a Hillary Clinton. Derrotemos la xenofobia anti mexicana de Trump pic.twitter.com/Qpb314m3Qq
— Marcelo Ebrard C. (@m_ebrard) October 29, 2016
Trump on Thursday announced a 5% tariff on all Mexican goods “until such time as illegal migrants coming through Mexico, and into our Country, STOP.”
“The Tariff will gradually increase until the Illegal Immigration problem is remedied, at which time Tariffs will be removed,” Trump wrote on Twitter.
Mexico’s Embassy to the U.S. did not return The Daily Caller News Foundation’s request for comment by press time.
Fox News host Tucker Carlson, a co-founder of TheDCNF, described Mexico on Friday as a “hostile foreign power.”
“When the United States is attacked by a hostile foreign power, it must strike back and make no mistake, Mexico is a hostile foreign power,” Carlson said.
“For decades, the Mexican government has sent its poor north to our country. This has allowed that country’s criminal oligarchy to maintain power and get even richer, but at great expense to us,” he added.
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