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Breaking a wall: Trump to visit Mexico ahead of his speech on immigration

A campaign official says Donald Trump could make a last-minute trip to Mexico on Wednesday, hours before he delivers a highly anticipated speech on immigration.

us presidential election Updated: Aug 31, 2016 08:26 IST
Donald Trump
Donald Trump (left) may accept President Enrique Pena Nieto’s (right) invite to visit Mexico. (Agencies)

White House hopeful Donald Trump will travel to Mexico Wednesday to meet with the country’s President, just hours ahead of his highly anticipated speech on immigration, US media reported.

The Republican candidate tweeted on Tuesday that he has accepted President Enrique Pena Nieto’s invitation and looks forward to meeting him.

Pena Nieto’s office released a statement saying he had invited Trump as well as Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton to meet with him in Mexico, CNN reported.

A sudden international trip by a US presidential candidate would be a logistical and security nightmare on such short notice.

But Trump could be sensing an opportunity in the visit, as he mulls whether to soften his hard-line position on immigration, the key issue of his campaign, and in particular Trump’s early call to deport some 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the shadows in the United States.

Any Trump-Pena Nieto meeting could be an awkward affair. In rally after campaign rally, Trump has pledged to “build a wall” on the US southern border and force Mexico to pay for it.

When he launched his presidential campaign last year, he used some of the most incendiary language of his candidacy in describing some Mexicans as drug dealers, “rapists” and other criminals.

Trump is scheduled to deliver a crucial speech Wednesday evening in Phoenix, Arizona seen as an opportunity to clarify his positions on immigration.