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Donald Trump met with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto yesterday afternoon. Now Nieto says Trump may have lied about the meeting. Then Trump gave a speech revealing the long-awaited details to his immigration plan--and it was anything but a pivot.
Meet the new Trump. Same as the old Trump.
Meanwhile, Hillary Clinton gave a speech of her own, but her approval ratings keep dropping.
Donald Trump goes to Mexico
Donald Trump took a last-minute trip to Mexico Wednesday to meet with President Enrique Peña Nieto before his immigration speech in Arizona.
For a candidate that built his campaign around the idea of deporting immigrants and building a wall with Mexico, that may seem odd--especially with a wildly unpopular Mexican president.
Still, the event may have had more to offer than it seems.
While unlikely to sway Hispanic voters and somewhat of a gamble, it did help dominate media coverage and it could help make Trump look presidential. Trump's running mate Mike Pence added that the meeting was meant to start "real negotiations."
This trip is not about policy as much as it is for regular people to visualize Donald Trump as head of state.
Did Trump lie about his meeting with the Mexican President?
After a brief address by Trump and the president, one member of the press asked Trump if he brought up who would pay for the proposed border wall.
Trump said they "didn't discuss" who would pay for the wall. President Peña Nieto disagrees.
Hours after the encounter, Trump reaffirmed his campaign promise of making Mexico pay for the hypothetical wall.
Trump details immigration policy
The Republican presidential nominee called for the immediate detention of all undocumented immigrants who have been arrested, insisted on the end of federal funding to so-called sanctuary cities, promised to overturn all executive orders on immigration, insisted on his original campaign promise of building a border wall with Mexico, and vowed to hire more 5,000 more border patrol agents.
At the end of his speech, Trump brought on parents of children killed by undocumented immigrants and asked them to tell their stories one-by-one.
Clinton gives a speech to the American Legion
Hillary Clinton gave her own speech Wednesday catering to a large group of veterans and conservatives at the American Legion in Cincinnati.
Following the endorsement of James Clad, another George W. Bush defense official, Clinton blasted Trump as an isolationist with an ill-informed understanding of how alliances or military engagement work.
Trump responded by slamming Hillary Clinton as "unequipped" to lead after "exposing classified information" through her email during her time as Secretary of State.
But while Clinton attempts to peel away Republicans who dislike Trump, she also runs the risk of further alienating her left-wing supporters that believe she’s following in the path of George W. Bush-era foreign policy.
Hillary Clinton sees her lowest popularity ratings ever
With a 56 percent disapproval rating, a record number of people now dislike Hillary Clinton. But she's still marginally more liked than Trump.
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