U.S. President Donald Trump and Enrique Peña Nieto on Friday had their first face-to-face meeting since Trump took office, and while the encounter lasted only a few minutes, it was enough for El Trumpo to assert that he’ll “absolutely” have Mexico pay for his famous wall.
Fortunately for this blogger — and the world at large — Mexican tuiteros came through to spice up the otherwise tragic encounter.
Here are only a few of my favorite Twitter moments of this year’s G-20 meeting. Be sure to come back, as I’m going to be updating this post throughout this hilarious/tragic day.
Mexico might be on the brink of social unrest and political disaster — and it’s clear we will never know what happened to the 43 of Ayotzinapa — but our nation’s Commander in Chief has set his sights on one important cause: To protect the vaquita marina, the “world’s rarest marine mammal” with the aid of two unusual partners, Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim and Oscar-winning actor Leonardo DiCaprio.
And why is this important, may you ask?
Per the local media:
Vaquita porpoises – the smallest of six extant porpoise species, can become entrapped in the nets and subsequently die, which has led to a sharp decline in their numbers.
Yeah, they seem to be vanishing, just like students from marginalized rural colleges around Mexico. SAD!
At this point I’m not sure which one of my “two countries” I’m most ashamed of.
It doesn’t take a genius to realize that Mexico is a mess, and that President Enrique Peña Nieto, Mexico’s most unpopular president to date, is not doing much to help.
In fact, Peña Nieto’s most recent ad campaign asking Mexicans to just “stop complaining” quickly backfired, leading the government to pull the ad from its official YouTube page. But as everybody (except Peña Nieto and his advisers) knows, what happens on the Internet, stays on the Internet. And thanks to this, brilliant people like John Oliver can make sense of the nonsense, making sure things are not easily forgotten.
Remember, EPN: “You can’t delete anything from the Internet. The only way to guarantee no one will see something online is to put it on Newsweek.com”
Enrique Peña Nieto (aka as the Savior of Mexico) will meet today in Toluca with President Barack Obama and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper.
But despite all the good vibes and buena onda around this meeting, I’m genuinely worried about Mr. Peña Nieto’s poor command of the English language. So, even though I didn’t vote for the chap, nor I think he is saving Mexico, I’d like to take this opportunity to offer him my services as a professional simultaneous translator; or if he so prefers, to facilitate proper subtituleishon for his speech -which I’m sure will be historic.
Said subtituleishon will look a little bit like this:
You can say anything you want about Enrique Peña Nieto, but the guy is not only bien guapote, but he managed to get himself a telenovela babe to arrive with a real splash. Meet Angélica Rivera (aka La Gaviota) and from now on Mexico’s First Lady. Enjoy while you can. I’m sure this image will not last long in the cyberspace.