Former Mexican president debates Brexit architect at CU

BOULDER, Colo. -- Former Mexican President Vicente Fox took aim at President Donald Trump during a visit to Colorado on Monday while participating in a debate on the University of Colorado campus.

Fox criticized Trump’s Monday tweets on trade and immigration.

Fox debated British politician and Brexit architect Nigel Farage over current events and historical events centered on nationalism and globalism.

Farage praised President Trump, saying his tweets about the death of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program and North American Free Trade Agreement criticisms are part of good strategy.

“Is see Trump as a deal-maker ... as someone who puts positions down and then tries to use them,” Farage said.

Fox couldn’t disagree more over Trump’s tactics and took time to send a message to so-called "Dreamers."

“I tell [them] don’t worry,” Fox said. “You’re going to be here because this nation is compassionate, because this nation has good people. ... But if not, welcome to Mexico. We need you there.”

CU student and Mexican citizen Fernando Palafox, studying aerospace engineering, watched the two men go back and forth and said he’s concerned over U.S.-Mexican relations.

“Maybe building a wall will [create] a separation sentiment ... between both countries,” Palafox said.

One of the educational takeaways for students was even though people might disagree, there’s usually some common ground and hopefully respect.