Trump lands in Mexico
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Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpCNN's Don Lemon explains handling of segment after Trump criticism NPR reporter after Pompeo clash: Journalists don't interview government officials to score 'political points' Lawyer says Parnas can't attend Senate trial due to ankle bracelet MORE landed in Mexico Wednesday afternoon for an unprecedented meeting with that country’s president that takes place just hours before a critical address by the GOP presidential nominee on immigration.

It is a risky move for Trump, who in touching down to meet Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto will come face-to-face with a foreign leader who once compared the outspoken businessman to Hitler.

Trump landed in Mexico City around 2:10 p.m. Eastern, according to local reports, and then headed by helicopter to Los Pinos, the residence and office of Mexico's president. Trump and Peña Nieto are set to address the media after their private meeting at around 3:15 p.m. Eastern, the Mexican government said. 


Trump is unpopular in Mexico, which means the atmosphere for this visit could be interesting.

Bloomberg reported on Wednesday that flyers in Mexico City were posted in the morning inviting protestors to gather to greet Trump. They were titled “Trump, you’re not welcome,” with suggested hashtags including #FueraTrumpFueraEPN (Out with Trump, Out with Enrique Peña Nieto) and #SrTrumpConTodoRespecto (With All Due Respect Mr. Trump).

Trump’s decision to fly to Mexico shocked much of Washington, immediately raising questions about what the Republican nominee’s strategy was in taking the high-stakes meeting.

Trump is trailing in polls to Democrat Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonHill.TV's Krystal Ball: Failure to embrace Sanders as nominee would 'destroy' Democratic Party Clinton says she feels the 'urge' to defeat Trump in 2020 Can Democrats flip the Texas House? Today's result will provide a clue MORE both nationally and in key battleground states, though there has been a tightening in recent surveys.

It’s unclear what kind of coverage there will be of the visit, as Trump has left the U.S. contingent of reporters who generally travel with him behind.

“There’s going to be press availability,” Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway said on Fox News’s “Fox & Friends.”

“Mexican press, American press. So we’re very excited about that opportunity as well. Look at that in direct contrast to Hillary.”

The visit comes as Trump seeks to improve his standing with Hispanic voters who have largely abandoned him over his rhetoric. The Republican launched his presidential campaign with a speech in which he said Mexico was sending rapists and other criminals to the United States and has vowed to build a wall on the southern border that Mexico would pay for.

More recently, however, he has signaled the possibility of a softer approach on the issue as he looks to make inroads with Hispanics as well as bring back centrist Republicans flirting with voting for Clinton, Libertarian Gary JohnsonGary Earl JohnsonThe 'Green' new deal that Tom Perez needs to make The Trump strategy: Dare the Democrats to win Trump challenger: 'All bets are off' if I win New Hampshire primary MORE or another third-party candidate.

Sixty-five percent of Hispanics hold a favorable view of Clinton, according to a Gallup poll released this week, compared to 21 percent for Trump.

While Trump trails Clinton by only 14 percentage points among U.S. born Hispanics, he trails, 87 percent to 13 percent, among U.S. Hispanics who were born in another country.

Still, the decision to visit Peña Nieto, a politician who is suffering through his own political misfortunes, is curious to say the least.

It could be in Peña Nieto’s interest to bash Trump as a way of dealing with his own anemic poll numbers. Just 23 percent of Mexicans approve of their own president’s job performance, according to a poll by the newspaper Reforma.

Peña Nieto has said that he believes in dialogue that promotes his country’s interests and put the meeting with Trump into that context. But his decision has been heavily criticized by other voices in Mexico.

The Guardian reported on Wednesday that Miguel Barbosa, a Mexican senator in the opposition party, tweeted: “@realDonaldTrump you are not welcome in Mexico. Get out! You’re coming to get your picture taken with the very people you’ve offended.”

“There is no turning back, Trump, your offenses towards Mexicans, Muslims and more, have led you to the pit where you are today. Goodbye, Trump!" former Mexican President Vicente Fox tweeted.

Updated at 2:40 p.m.