‘That could be a Mexican plane up there’: Trump jokes about Mexico attacking America

U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a campaign town hall meeting outside a closed Osram Sylvania manufacturing facility in Manchester, New Hampshire © Brian Snyder
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has taken a fresh dig at Mexico. Speaking at a rally in New Hampshire, Trump joked that a plane that was flying overhead might actually be a Mexican fighter jet poised for attack.

“Mexico... I respect Mexico, I respect their leaders, what they’ve done to us is incredible,” the 69-year-old billionaire said, “Their leaders are so much smarter, so much sharper.”

When a random plane flew by, Trump suddenly added, “In fact, that could be a Mexican plane up there. They could be getting ready to attack.”

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The Republican presidential hopeful is well known for criticizing Mexico, causing an uproar last year when he said that some of those illegally crossing into the US were “rapists” and “criminals.”