Melania Trump Vanity Fair Mexico Cover Causes Controversy
Melania Trump is on the cover of Vanity Fair Mexico's February issue, and it couldn't have come at a worse time.
Amid all this, Trump has continued to spar with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto over the issue of who will pay for the wall, which led Nieto to cancel a meeting with America's new president.
Trump insists Mexico will pay (or reimburse) America for the cost of the wall.
But Mexico is not about that life.
In a televised address on Wednesday, President Peña Nieto said,
I regret and condemn the decision of the United States to continue construction of a wall that, for years, has divided us instead of uniting us. Mexico does not believe in walls. I have said it time and again: Mexico will not pay for any wall.
Long story short, US-Mexico relations aren't doing so well right now, and we can thank the Donald for that.
Vanity Fair Mexico released the February issue the day after all of this transpired.
In the cover photo, Melania is basically flaunting her wealth. She's literally sitting at a table pretending to eat a bowl full of jewelry as if it's spaghetti.
What were they thinking?
It's pretty understandable why a lot of people in Mexico, among others, are pissed. Mexicans are describing the cover of the magazine as a "mockery" and a "humiliation."
Indeed, Vanity Fair Mexico really shit the bed on this one.
Trump is poised to make relations between America and its southern neighbor the worst they've ever been in the modern era.
With that said, it's safe to say essentially no one in Mexico wants to read a story about the wife of a president who has habitually demonized Mexican immigrants and consistently painted Mexico as a thorn in America's side.
Citations: Trump moves ahead with wall, puts stamp on U.S. immigration, security policy (Reuters), Mexican president: We will not pay for a wall (Al-Jazeera), Mexico: We will not pay for Trump border wall (BBC)