I lived and worked in Mexico at the beginning of my career. Loved the country, the people, the culture. Was offered a permanent position. Tempting, but couldn’t do it for one key reason: the absolutely endemic corruption. From the “policeman” on the corner shaking you down for an illusory infraction right up to the president, corruption and deceit were ingrained.

A person would have to be dangerously naive to take as gospel the word of the Mexican president. Enter Hillary Clinton. Morning Joe today aired her latest ad in which she claims that Donald Trump was caught “lying” when he said he didn’t discuss payment for the wall during his meeting with Mexican President Peña Nieto. Hillary’s proof? A subsequent statement by the Mex prez that he was “clear and emphatic” that Mexico won’t pay for the wall. What other statements by what other Third World leaders will Hillary—naively and uncritically—take at face value?

Interestingly, Chuck Todd made a similar point, saying “in fairness to Trump, we don’t know what happened behind closed doors. And it’s in Peña Nieto’s best interest to suddenly now say, oh no, no, no, no: I told him.”

JOE SCARBOROUGH: Here’s Hillary Clinton’s ad, by the way, that she has out today.

HILLARY CLINTON CAMPAIGN AD: Imagine a president promising to make another country pay for the centerpiece of his agenda. Who is going to pay for the wall? Who?

DONALD TRUMP: Who’s going to pay for the wall?

CROWD: Mexico!

TRUMP: Who?

CROWD: Mexico!

AD: Imagine he finally has the chance to negotiate with that country’s president. Imagine he gets shut down. Imagine he lies about it.

TRUMP:We did discuss the wall. We didn’t discuss payment of the wall.

AD: Imagine he gets called out for lying. Rebuked by an ally.

PENA NIETO: I was very clear and emphatic that Mexico won’t pay for the wall.

AD: As a candidate, Donald Trump has already embarrassed us on the world stage. Imagine him as president.

JOE SCARBOROUGH: That’s pretty powerful.

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CHUCK TODD: Everybody’s taking Peña Nieto’s word on this. He didn’t say anything about the wall either. He didn’t contradict Trump at that point. So, in fairness to Trump, we don’t know what happened behind closed doors. And it’s in Peña Nieto’s best interest to suddenly now say, oh no, no, no, no: I told him. I told him.