Vicente Fox slams 'imperialistic gringo' Trump's debate performance
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Former Mexican President Vicente Fox on Tuesday slammed Donald TrumpDonald TrumpVirginia GOP gubernatorial nominee acknowledges Biden was 'legitimately' elected Biden meets with DACA recipients on immigration reform Overnight Health Care: States begin lifting mask mandates after new CDC guidance | Walmart, Trader Joe's will no longer require customers to wear masks | CDC finds Pfizer, Moderna vaccines 94 percent effective in health workers MORE's performance in the first presidential debate of 2016 and warned that the Republican nominee's behavior should alarm world leaders.


"We think he’s a danger. He’s a threat to the world," Fox, who watched the debate on Mexican television, told The Washington Post.

"When he speaks about geo-economic situation and the geo-political situation and terrorism, he’s absolutely ignorant, and he’s only provoking us democratic leaders from around the world to reject everything he’s proposing. He is an imperialistic gringo."

"My impression was the beauty and the beast," he said.

"Hillary Clinton was gracious ... and he was very clumsy and poor in his presentation. ... She really looked like a statesman, and he looked very poor."

Fox pointed specifically to an exchange between Clinton and Trump about the GOP nominee's past treatment of women, specifically Alicia Machado — a former Miss Universe beauty pageant winner from Venezuela — whom Trump criticized for gaining weight.

"He was very aggressive and offensive to her, like he's been with everybody," Fox said. 

"I think it was great of Hillary to present that one case, but [Machado] represents many other cases of how he has spoken about women, how he has spoken about we Mexicans."

Fox said he "absolutely" thinks Trump came across as bigoted and bullying during the debate.

Fox has slammed the Republican nominee, who has called for a wall along the southern border of the U.S., in the past. In advance of the GOP nominee's visit to Mexico, the two exchanged shots on Twitter, with Fox calling on Trump to "show some respect."