Video PlayerClose MEXICO CITY, July 9 (Xinhua) — U.S. President Donald Trump has softened his tone towards Mexico and migrants during his meeting this week with his Mexican counterpart Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, probably in a bid to court Hispanic voters, experts have said. While welcoming the Mexican president to the White House on Wednesday, Trump said the United States “is home to 36 million incredible Mexican American citizens,” adding that they “uplift our communities, and they strengthen our churches and enrich every feature of national life.” Trump’s latest remarks contrasted with his earlier message. He once called Mexicans “rapists” who brought crimes to the United States, and has repeatedly criticized Mexican migrants and asylum seekers at the U.S.-Mexican border since he took office. “Trump doesn’t do anything that doesn’t benefit him politically. He knows that in the upcoming elections, the vote of the Hispanic community is going to be important,” said Reynaldo Ortega, a research professor at the International Studies Center of the prestigious El Colegio de Mexico. The Hispanic vote is largely Democratic, said Ortega, mentioning that Trump has tried to at least retain the percentage of the Latino vote he received in 2016. The meeting is an… Read full this story
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