Mexico's top diplomat sidesteps Trump questionsMexican Foreign Affairs Secretary Claudia Ruiz Massieu with Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Leon at the Capitol on May 5. (Liam Dillon / Los Angeles Times)
Claudia Ruiz Massieu, Mexico's secretary of foreign affairs, met with Gov. Jerry Brown and legislators this week. Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León honored her on the Senate floor Thursday morning, and they held a press conference afterward.
Ruiz Massieu talked about the strong links between California's and Mexico's economies and the state's friendliness to Mexican immigrants. But one thing she didn't want to talk about was presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.
She declined to address Trump when asked in English and Spanish about the candidate, including a question about Trump's proposal to build a wall along the border to be financed by Mexico.
"We do not comment on specific proposals of candidates or pre-candidates of an internal electoral process of other countries," Ruiz Massieu said.
In her prepared remarks, however, she criticized Trump's plans without naming him.
"There is nothing more beneficial for any community than to open its doors for hard-working people," she said. "In the 21st century, the viability of the immigrant dream will not depend on the audacity to construct walls but on the capacity to build bridges."