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Monday 23 July 2018

Mexico's president compares Donald Trump's language to Hitler and Mussolini's

Donald Trump with his wife Milania following a debate in Detroit
Donald Trump with his wife Milania following a debate in Detroit

Mexico's president has compared the language of Donald Trump to that of dictators Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini.

Asked about Mr Trump, Enrique Pena Nieto complained to the Excelsior newspaper about "these strident expressions that seek to propose very simple solutions" and said that sort of language has led to "very fateful scenes in the history of humanity".

"That's the way Mussolini arrived and the way Hitler arrived," Mr Pena Nieto said.

Mr Pena Nieto had avoided direct comments until now on Mr Trump, who has pledged to build a wall along the two countries' borders. Mr Trump has also said Mexican immigrants bring crime and drugs to the US and are "rapists".

But as the New York businessman has built a lead in the GOP primary, current and former Mexican officials have begun to publicly express alarm. Former presidents Vicente Fox and Felipe Calderon have also alluded to Hitler in describing Mr Trump.

In the interview with Excelsior, Mr Pena Nieto said he would work with whoever eventually wins this year's US presidential election and to maintain a climate "of mutual respect and joint agreements".

In another interview published on Monday, with the newspaper El Universal, the Mexican president said he would be "absolutely respectful" of the US political process, but said, "It appears to me that (Trump's comments) hurt the relationship we have sought with the United States."

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