Timing is everything
On Thursday, as Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump was promising to build a wall between the U.S. and Mexico and renegotiate NAFTA at the Republican National Convention, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto was preparing for a Friday meeting with President Obama. Obama and Peña Nieto met most recently last month at a North American summit in Canada, and while most White House visits from foreign leaders are announced well in advance, the Mexican president's visit was unveiled just last week.
The White House dismissed suggestions that the visit had anything to do with Trump's GOP convention or the Latino vote. "I think it's fair to say that almost anything that President Obama did on Friday would be viewed as a sharp contrast to the agenda that's being put forward by the other side," White House press secretary Josh Earnest said Thursday. "There's plenty on the agenda that doesn't involve the Republican nominee." Peña Nieto has been critical of Trump, but says he will work with whoever wins November's election.