Former Mexican President Vicente Fox was featured in an op-ed on Monday. In the op-ed, he condemned President Trump and insisted that Trump had killed the American dream.
“It has been more than a year since Donald Trump was elected, and since then he has tweeted more policies and complaints than any other political leader. He has put international relations at risk and ended the American dream for hundreds of thousands of Americans and non-Americans,” Fox wrote at the start of the op-ed for Newsweek. “Is there anything he hasn’t done?”
The former president continued his scathing attack on Trump by criticizing his recent threats on Twitter.
“In just 280 characters [Trump] launched the worst threats he has ever addressed to our country. He has called Mexicans […] the worst of the worst. He has threatened to pull out of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and deport hundreds of thousands of young Dreamers,” Fox stated, referring to a recent suggestion that NAFTA’s survival would be contingent on strict immigration enforcement. “Why? Because he feels like it.”
The frequent Trump critic argued that the U.S. commander in chief does not “have a clue” about economy, society, or diplomacy.
“Deep down, Donald knows that Mexico is not his toy—he knows that we are better as allies than as enemies,” he said. “NAFTA makes Mexico, the United States and Canada highly competitive with a combined GDP of $20 trillion dollars—and this guy wants to tear it down on a whim.”
“Today we continue renegotiating the treaty because of good old Donald’s whims, we keep listening to him whining, and reading his conditions on Twitter; the most recent one is that the Dreamers depend on the construction of the fucking wall.”
Fox then turned his attention to Trump’s tweets about the “caravan” of immigrants that are approaching the U.S. border through Mexico. He claimed that Trump saw the reports of the caravan and turned it “into a horror story.”
“Trump, after his daily dose of Fox News, thought it was alarming and launched a Twitter tirade with information as distorted as his mind,” he wrote. “This is how the mind of the president of the most powerful nation in the world works; he sees a story on TV, becomes obsessed with it (no matter how true it is), and turns it into a horror story.’
The former Mexican leader then extended gratitude to Trump for uniting Mexican lawmakers into a singular effort against the American president.
“We still have many challenges ahead, but knowing that Mexico makes itself heard in one voice is enough that they won’t mess with us. Trump must understand that Mexico might be small in comparison, but we are mighty.”
Vincente Fox has been a consistent critic of President Trump and his administration’s policies that antagonize Mexico, such as immigration and economic policy.