After campaigning for over a year on the promise he will build a wall at the Mexican border and make that country pay for it, Donald Trump will travel to Mexico Wednesday.
Trump confirmed he is meeting the president in a tweet Tuesday evening.
“I have accepted the invitation of President Enrique Pena Nieto, of Mexico, and look very much forward to meeting him tomorrow,” Trump wrote.
I have accepted the invitation of President Enrique Pena Nieto, of Mexico, and look very much forward to meeting him tomorrow.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 31, 2016
Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto also confirmed in a tweet Trump would be travelling to Mexico.
— Presidencia México (@PresidenciaMX) August 31, 2016
Pena Nieto invited both Trump and Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton to meet with him, his office said in a statement Tuesday night.
Trump is scheduled to deliver what’s billed as a “major speech” on immigration Wednesday in Arizona.
Wednesday’s meeting could be filled with tension, neither Trump nor Peña Nieto has pulled any punches when sparring over immigration.
Trump’s promise to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border has become a defining feature of his campaign, Trump often says at rallies that Mexico would pay for the wall.
In July, Pena Nieto told CNN that it would be impossible for Mexico to fund Trump’s proposed wall.
“There is no way that Mexico can pay [for] a wall like that,” he said.
The Clinton campaign used Trump’s visit to remind voters about some of Trump’s earlier characterizations of Mexicans as “rapists” and “criminals.”
Jennifer Palmieri, the Clinton campaign’s top spokeswoman said, “What ultimately matters is what Donald Trump says to voters in Arizona, not Mexico, and whether he remains committed to the splitting up of families and deportation of millions.”
Clinton’s campaign has not yet said if she will travel to Mexico.
Pena Nieto has previously compared Trump’s rhetoric to that of dictators Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini, saying that language like his has led to “”very fateful scenes in the history of humanity.”
The promise to build the wall dates back to the very first speech announcing his campaign in June 2015: “I would build a great wall, and nobody builds walls better than me, believe me, and I’ll build them very inexpensively. I will build a great, great wall on our southern border, and I will have Mexico pay for that wall, mark my words.”
Trump will visit Mexico in between a fundraising event in California and his immigration speech in Phoenix, Arizona, on Wednesday night.
The Republican has seen his poll ratings slip since the party conventions last month.
Both nationally and in key states, he trails Clinton, who enjoys particularly strong support among minorities.