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Mexico wonders why its president is meeting with Trump

  • FILE - In this May 1, 2016, file photo, a man dresses a donkey to resemble Donald Trump in preparation for the costume competition at the annual donkey festival in Otumba, Mexico state, Mexico. In a surprise move, Donald Trump will travel to Mexico on Wednesday, Aug. 31, to meet with President Enrique Pena Nieto, just hours before the Republican delivers a highly anticipated speech on immigration. Pena Nieto has been sharply critical of Trump's original immigration policy and compared his language to that of dictators Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini, saying it had hurt U.S.-Mexico relations. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell, File)

    FILE - In this May 1, 2016, file photo, a man dresses a donkey to resemble Donald Trump in preparation for the costume competition at the annual donkey festival in Otumba, Mexico state, Mexico. In a surprise move, Donald Trump will travel to Mexico on Wednesday, Aug. 31, to meet with President Enrique Pena Nieto, just hours before the Republican delivers a highly anticipated speech on immigration. Pena Nieto has been sharply critical of Trump's original immigration policy and compared his language to that of dictators Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini, saying it had hurt U.S.-Mexico relations. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Friday, July 10, 2015 file photo, Alicia Lopez Fernandez paints a pinata depicting Donald Trump at her family's store "Pinatas Mena Banbolinos" in Mexico City. In a surprise move, Donald Trump will travel to Mexico on Wednesday, Aug. 31, to meet with President Enrique Pena Nieto, just hours before the Republican delivers a highly anticipated speech on immigration. Pena Nieto has been sharply critical of Trump's original immigration policy and compared his language to that of dictators Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini, saying it had hurt U.S.-Mexico relations. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte, File)

    FILE - In this Friday, July 10, 2015 file photo, Alicia Lopez Fernandez paints a pinata depicting Donald Trump at her family's store "Pinatas Mena Banbolinos" in Mexico City. In a surprise move, Donald Trump will travel to Mexico on Wednesday, Aug. 31, to meet with President Enrique Pena Nieto, just hours before the Republican delivers a highly anticipated speech on immigration. Pena Nieto has been sharply critical of Trump's original immigration policy and compared his language to that of dictators Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini, saying it had hurt U.S.-Mexico relations. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • Donald Trump en un evento de campaña en Everett, en el estado de Washington, el 30 de agosto del 2016.  (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

    Donald Trump en un evento de campaƱa en Everett, en el estado de Washington, el 30 de agosto del 2016. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)  (The Associated Press)

Mexico has awakened to the news that President Enrique Pena Nieto is going to meet with Republican candidate Donald Trump Wednesday, and many Mexicans don't like it.

Many felt the Republican had left Pena Nieto flat-footed by accepting an invitation the Mexican president had made simply for appearances' sake. Trump is widely loathed in Mexico for calling migrants from the country "rapists" and "murders" among other insults.

Mexico City-based security analyst Alejandro Hope suggested that Pena Nieto "wanted to invite Hillary (Clinton), but that meant inviting both of them, and nobody thought Trump would accept first."

He added: "What's in it for Mexico? "

The newspaper El Universal wrote in an editorial that Trump "caught Mexican diplomats off guard" by accepting the invitation.