- The Washington Times - Monday, February 8, 2016

Former Mexican President Felipe Calderon is puzzled at how American voters could support someone like Donald Trump, calling the Republican presidential front-runner “completely crazy” and “not very well-informed.”

Mr. Trump said in October that if elected, he would build a wall along the southern U.S. border and get Mexico to pay for it. Mr. Calderon, who served as president of Mexico from 2006 to 2012, said Saturday that there’s no way Mexico would pay for it, CNBC reported.

“Mexican people, we are not going to pay any single cent for such a stupid wall! And it’s going to be completely useless,” Mr. Calderon said.

“The first loser of such a policy would be the United States,” he said. “If this guy pretends that closing the borders to anywhere either for trade [or] for people is going to provide prosperity to the United States, he is completely crazy.”

Mr. Calderon said he doesn’t understand how “a quite admirable society” could support someone like Mr. Trump, who has offended many in the Hispanic and Muslim communities.

“It is incredible that a quite admirable society like the American society could produce such kind of candidates,” Mr. Calderon told CNBC. “I cannot understand that. No offense, no offense to America. So Donald Trump … is ambitious but not exactly very well-informed man, I don’t want to say ignorant, but he is not very well-informed.”

He added that the level of migration of the Mexican labor force to the U.S. had been steadily declining and that children studying in Mexican schools and universities no longer wanted to go the U.S. as they had opportunities closer to home, CNBC reported.

“They don’t want to go, they can work for a motor company [that’s] not in Detroit, I am sorry to say,” Mr. Calderon said. “They are working for a motor company in Hermosillo and Toluca, so Mazda is coming to Mexico, Honda is coming to Mexico. Those kids have jobs in that industry in Mexico.”

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