Vice President Biden on Thursday slammed Republican presidential candidates for what he called "dangerous, damaging and incredibly ill-advised" rhetoric on immigration.
"The message that is coming out of the United States as a consequence of the presidential campaign, about American attitudes toward Mexicans and Mexico generally, the entire hemisphere and our place in the world, is disturbing," Biden said in Mexico City.
The Vice president spoke to reporters during the inaugural ceremony of the bilateral High Level Economic Dialogue conference. Four American and six Mexican cabinet-level officials were in attendance.
Several GOP presidential candidates have drawn controversy for strong statements on immigration and trade. Most notably, Donald TrumpDonald TrumpStudy: Government ObamaCare costs could rise .3B without payments Egypt’s death squads and America's deafening silence Glenn Beck: Trump 'doing a really good job of misdirection' MORE angered many when he began his presidential campaign calling Mexican immigrants "criminals" and "rapists."
Biden slammed "some of the rhetoric coming from some of the presidential candidates on the other team," but added, "Here's what I'm here to tell you. They do not, they do not, they do not represent the view of the vast majority of the American people."
The American delegation in Mexico City includes Secretary of Commerce Penny PritzkerPenny PritzkerDeVos should ‘persist’ despite liberal opposition Indiana teachers hold sit-in to demand Young recuse himself from DeVos vote Overnight Tech: Trump team eyes FCC overhaul | AT&T chief says no plans to spin off CNN in merger | Commerce pick heads to hearing MORE and Secretary of the Interior Sally JewellSally JewellOvernight Regulation: Trump administration lifts Obama freeze on federal coal mining Trump administration ends Obama's coal-leasing freeze Interior secretary reopens federal coal mining MORE. The Mexican Cabinet's top economic officials are in attendance, including Luis Videgaray, the powerful finance secretary and ally to President Enrique Peña Nieto.
Also in the American delegation is Ambassador Roberta Jacobson, nominated in July by President Obama to fill the empty ambassadorship to Mexico. Jacobson's nomination has been blocked by Sen. Marco RubioMarco RubioTop Trump officials push border wall as government shutdown looms Rubio defends Trump: 'This whole flip-flop thing is a political thing' Rubio: Shutdown would have 'catastrophic impact' on global affairs MORE (Fla.) — also a GOP presidential candidate — because of her role in rapprochement between the United States and Cuba.