Trump's wall unites Mexicans behind leader

Unloved Mexican President receives boost at home as he takes a stand against border plan

A view of the US-Mexico border wall in Ciudad Juarez in the Mexican state of Chihuahua. American President Donald Trump wants the wall to curb illegal immigration and the flow of drugs from Mexico.
A view of the US-Mexico border wall in Ciudad Juarez in the Mexican state of Chihuahua. American President Donald Trump wants the wall to curb illegal immigration and the flow of drugs from Mexico.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

From the crowded lanes of Mexico City's Lagunilla flea market to the formal, exclusive lunch tables of the Club de Industriales, Mexicans view American President Donald Trump's plan to build a wall on the US-Mexican border with distaste.

"Trump's mindset is twisted. The wall is just wrong," 48-year-old Esperanza Gudino Salgado, selling makeup products at the Sunday market, told The Straits Times.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 02, 2018, with the headline 'Trump's wall unites Mexicans behind leader'. Subscribe