(CNN)Donald Trump kicked off his primary campaign with an infamous attack on the Mexican government — one he was privately searching for evidence to sustain weeks after he made it.
Pete Saenz, mayor of Laredo, Texas, describes his brief meeting with Donald Trump, who visited the border city in July 2015: “He asked specifically about the wall and mass deportation. He and I rode together in the Suburban to the World Trade Bridge and he asked if I would join him by all means. He asked me whether I knew whether or not Mexico had a policy, direct or indirect, of sending bad guys over here. I said, ‘No, I really haven’t heard that.’ Asking whether I had knowledge of that, as a policy, or as someone from the government or remotely connected to the government saying, ‘We’re sending all the bad guys over here.’ I said no. Maybe the border patrol folks, who talk to him, and they’re privy to more stories, but from a mayor’s standpoint, no I’ve never heard that. I guess he wanted confirmation or verification of some sort, but I said, ‘I can’t confirm that.'” @pvanagtmael/@magnumphotos, May 16, 2016 #MyVote #portrait #election2016 #donaldtrump #cnn #politics