In a sudden press event which dodged the actual American press, Donald Trump flew off in his private jet to attend a secret meeting with Mexican president Enrique Peña Nieto.

Nieto, who has criticized Trump heavily in the past for his anti-Mexican comments, stood side-by-side with the Republican candidate and the two men addressed the assembled gaggle of international press.

Trump issued a wooden-sounding speech in which he laid out several goals shared between the two nations. Trump kept his remarks pro-Mexico, despite his repeated rhetoric through the election cycle.

Clearly, the fact that he is lagging so far behind is starting to affect the nominee, and it is a bizarre pivot for him to agree to such a positive meeting with the Mexican leader.

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Sydney Robinson is a political writer for the Ring of Fire Network. She has also appeared in political news videos for Ring of Fire. Sydney has a degree in English Literature from the University of West Florida, and has an active interest in politics, social justice, and environmental issues. She would love to hear from you on Twitter @SydneyMkay or via email at srobinson@ringoffireradio.com