Alejandro Inarritu Says Mexican President's Meeting With Trump Was "A Betrayal"
In an op-ed, the filmmaker writes that President Enrique Pena Nieto "lacks dignity" and "no longer represents me."
Donald Trump's controversial trip to Mexico on Wednesday was met with anger and harsh criticism among both Hollywood and prominent Mexican figures.
Alejandro Inarritu agrees with the critics who argued that President Enrique Pena Nieto should have defended Mexico against Trump's controversial comments and plans to build a border wall, saying that the presidential nominee "should have been declared a 'persona non grata' by our government a long time ago."
In an op-ed for El Pais, the Oscar-winning Mexican filmmaker of The Revenant writes that Trump's meeting with the country's president was a "betrayal" and "lacks dignity."
"Enrique Pena Nieto’s invitation to Donald Trump is a betrayal," wrote Inarritu. "It legitimizes someone who has insulted us, spit on us and threatened us for more than a year in front of the entire world."
"It lacks dignity and further strengthens a political campaign of hatred toward us, toward half of humanity and toward the most vulnerable minorities on the planet," he said, warning that it "puts at risk the future and lives of 16 million Mexicans."
The filmmaker also wrote that the Mexican president "no longer represents me. He is not worthy of representing any country."
Trump defended the right of the U.S. to build a border wall between Mexico and the U.S. during Wednesday's visit, laying out the core of his immigration plan. The GOP presidential nominee said he and Nieto did not, however, discuss who would pay for the wall.
Nieto said Mexicans felt "aggrieved" and were angry that Trump did not apologize or back down from his plan to build a border wall. After Trump and Nieto's meeting, the Mexican president clarified the outcome, tweeting, "At the start of the conversation with Donald Trump, I made it clear that Mexico will not pay for the wall."
Former Mexican President Vicente Fox told CNN that Trump "is using Mexico, using President Pena Nieto to boost his sinking poll numbers."