Washington Post: Trump Mexico Summit Will Be a Disaster

A man walks into the Washington Post's new building March 3, 2016 in Washington, DC.
A view of the Washington Post's new building March 3, 2016 in Washington, DC. / AFP / Brendan Smialowski        (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
The Washington Post is the latest mainstream media publication to declare Donald Trump’s visit to Mexico on Wednesday to be a disaster — in advance. In an article titled “Donald Trump’s high-risk, low-reward trip to Mexico is sort of baffling,” the Post‘s Philip Bump attempts to find the dark cloud behind the silver lining of Trump’s Mexico summit. He begins by noting that Trump is deeply unpopular in the United States — ignoring completely Hillary Clinton’s comparable unfavorable ratings. He continues with an epic bout of “concern trolling,” asking: “From our standpoint, though, the bigger question is how this benefits Trump.” To Bump, it is unfathomable that merely visiting with the Mexican president might be beneficial to Trump, after months of being demonized by the media and the Clinton campaign as the latest incarnation of the Ku Klux Klan. He envisions — hopes for? — a spectacle where President Enrique Peña Nieto humiliates his guest and destroys his campaign. It would take a “miracle” for Trump’s visit to succeed, Bump said. Not even a photo-op between the two leaders will help, he said, because “Trump-as-statesman is a new one.” He even likens the visit to the disastrous decision by Sen. John McCain (R-AZ)