Former Mexican president and outspoken Trump critic Vicente Fox has been trolling President Trump, and on Thursday, he started a Twitter poll asking the American people for their opinion.
Fox asked his American followers how they would rather spend the money that will be sued to build a border wall with Mexico.
“@realDonaldTrump’s ego monument real cost is around 25 billion USD. I ask you, America, what would you prefer instead of that #F—ingWall?,” Fox tweeted. He then listed four choices for voters to choose from: “Improve healthcare,” “Affordable education,” “Support agriculture,” and “Modernize infrastructure.”
— Vicente Fox Quesada (@VicenteFoxQue) January 26, 2017
As of Thursday evening, over 200,000 people had voted, with 15 hours left of the 24 hour poll.
Fox has widely criticized Trump for his immigration stances, but Trump’s border wall has been a particular target of his attacks.
This week, Trump’s White House shared plans for building the wall he repeatedly promised on the campaign trail. The President has come under considerable scrutiny because unlike his campaign promise, he is trying to fund the building project with American taxpayer dollars, vowing to obtain reimbursement from Mexico.
On Wednesday, the rhetoric escalated as Trump and his team were placed under intense scrutiny from the public and members of media. The President, then, decided to tweet an ultimatum to Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto saying that the meeting between the two men which was set to occur next week would be pointless unless the Mexican president was prepared to talk about payment for the wall.
of jobs and companies lost. If Mexico is unwilling to pay for the badly needed wall, then it would be better to cancel the upcoming meeting.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 26, 2017
In response, Pena Nieto canceled the meeting between the two leaders.
Trump, then, announced his proposal for a 20 percent tariff on all Mexican imports in order to help cover the costs of the wall, which was roundly criticized by leaders and citizens on social media, who did not see the move as anything but a looming disaster. The White House has since tried to walk back the proposal, by claiming that it was one of multiple ideas to deal with the bill.