>> Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump's visit to Mexico earlier this week was brief, but left a lasting mark on the country. The visit by a man who's called Mexicans rapists and murderers and insulted its governance, stirring anger in the streets and rolling in the country's politics. Many are asking why President Enrique Peña Nieto invited Trump in the first place.
Simon Gardner, is Reuters Mexico Bureau Chief.>> Most cynical minds have suggested that this was a rather good way to try and divert attention away from other problems at home, such as rising gang violence, conflict of interest, scandals that have consumed the President and his own family, a slowing economy.
Many politicians here in Mexico think that Peña Nieto ended up looking weak and some say foolish and that he was played by Trump.>> Especially when it comes to that wall Trump wants Mexico to pay for. For Mexicans watching it all on TV, it's hard to swallow Peña Nieto standing side by side with Trump and not even bringing up the wall, only to take a hard line once the US politician was back home.
>> Trump went back to the United States, and came out and said, you know what? They don't know it yet, but Mexicans are paying for the wall and he was very sort of aggressive on this point. It's pretty clear later that evening, having not mentioned the wall during the press conference, perhaps seeking to be diplomatic, Peña Nieto looked very angry indeed.
And he went on television saying, well, do you know what? Trump's policies recommend a total threat to Mexico, and I wanted to basically tell him, set things straight. Now, that came across as, almost as though he was trying to scramble to save the situation.>> That's the last thing needed by a President with the lowest approval rating in 20 years.