Ex-Clinton spokesman praises Trump's speech in Mexico
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A former spokesman for Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonButtigieg stands in as Pence for Harris's debate practice Senate GOP sees early Supreme Court vote as political booster shot Poll: 51 percent of voters want to abolish the electoral college MORE on Wednesday offered praise to Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpOmar fires back at Trump over rally remarks: 'This is my country' Pelosi: Trump hurrying to fill SCOTUS seat so he can repeal ObamaCare Trump mocks Biden appearance, mask use ahead of first debate MORE for his speech in Mexico alongside Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto.

Howard Wolfson, who worked as Clinton's communications director in 2008, tweeted following the joint press conference that Trump's address was a "home run."  


During his address on Wednesday, Trump read from prepared remarks and thanked Peña Nieto for the "great honor" of inviting him to come to the country, calling the Mexican president his "friend."

Trump also heaped praised on the Mexican people, calling them "spectacular, hard-working people." The GOP presidential nominee vowed to work with Peña Nieto to tackle the issue of illegal immigration.

Trump announced his trip late Tuesday night, and arrived in Mexico for the private meeting on Wednesday afternoon.

The businessman has spent much of the last year blasting the country, calling illegal immigration dangerous to the U.S. and touting his plan for a border wall, insisting that Mexico would pay for it.

Earlier Wednesday, Clinton slammed Trump's "photo-op" visit as Trump's attempt to make up for a year's worth of insults. 

"You don’t build a coalition by insulting our friends or acting like a loose cannon,” Clinton said.

“You do it by doing the slow hard work of building relationships. That was my job every day as your secretary of State. It’s more than a photo-op ... and it certainly takes more than trying to make up for a year of insults and insinuations by dropping in on our neighbors for a few hours and then flying home again. That’s not how it works.”