- The Washington Times - Thursday, May 5, 2016

Former Mexican President Vicente Fox on Wednesday invited Donald Trump to visit the country and apologized for using brash language when he criticized the presumptive Republican presidential nominee’s border wall plan nearly two months ago.

Mr. Fox, who served as Mexico’s president from 2000 to 2006, has slammed Mr. Trump as “ignorant” and “crazy” for his proposal to get Mexico to foot the bill for the border wall. Speaking to Fusion’s Jorge Ramos in February, Mr. Fox said, “I’m not going to pay for that f——-g wall.

Mr. Trump then called on the former Mexican president to apologize, which Mr. Fox obliged Wednesday after Mr. Trump’s GOP rivals dropped out of the race.

“I apologize,” Mr. Fox told Breitbart News. “Forgiveness is one of the greatest qualities that human beings have, is the quality of a compassionate leader. You have to be humble. You have to be compassionate. You have to love thy neighbor.

“If I offended you, I’m sorry. But what about the other way around?” he asked. “I don’t think he should follow the strategy of attacking others, offending others, to get to his purpose. There are other ways and means of doing it.”

Mr. Fox said later on Fox News’ “The O’Reilly Factor”: “I think it’s very important to invite Donald Trump to come to Mexico and to learn about the real Mexico.” 

Mr. Trump, who appeared on the show shortly after Mr. Fox, responded, “Get your money ready ‘cause you’re going to pay for the wall,” Breitbart News reported.

“We lose a fortune with Mexico, trade deficit $58 billion a year,” he said. “The wall’s going to cost $10 [billion]. Believe me, they’ll be able to afford it, and we’re going to end up having a very good relationship with Mexico. But right now, sadly, like everybody else, they’re taking advantage of our country on trade, and at the border. So, we’ll get it straightened out.”

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