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Newly sworn in President Trump is not the first to assume the title of “President” with unfavorable ratings. Mexico’s president, Enrique Peña Nieto entered office with less than ideal ratings from a large portion of his country in 2012. He has faced harsh criticism since then due to the slow growing economy and various controversies, notably the escape of “El Chapo”, the infamous drug lord from a Mexican prison before being shipped to the United States for trial.
However, since U.S. President Trump’s unveiling of his plans detailing a wall to be built between the Mexican-US border, President Peña Nieto has become another outspoken critic of President Trump. After canceling a planned summit meeting between the two leaders, Mexico’s president has gained the support of many in his country for his defense of “national interests”. Senior officials in the Mexican government, such as Alejandra Barrales, are encouraging of the President, stating “It’s time to show unity and our commitment to Mexico.” It remains unclear whether the newfound support will be enough for President Peña Nieto to save his image or if it is a temporary condition as he distances himself from Trump. Regardless, I doubt it was President Trump’s intention to “Make America Great Again” by uniting other countries against him.
Read the article from the New York Times here.