The Associated Press
Monday, March 7, 2016, 9:10 PM
MEXICO CITY — Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto compared the language of Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump to that of dictators Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini in an interview published Monday, and said it has hurt U.S.-Mexico relations.
Asked about Trump, 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,” Pena Nieto said.
Pena Nieto until now had avoided direct comments on Trump, who has pledged to build a wall along the two countries’ border and has said Mexican immigrants bring crime and drugs to the U.S. and are “rapists.”
In the interview with Excelsior, Pena Nieto said that “there is no scenario” under which Mexico would pay for a border wall, as Trump proposes.