Trump Didn’t Have ‘the Balls’ to End DACA Himself, Former Mexican President Says

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President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with Republican Congressional leaders at the White House, September 5. Vincente Fox, the former Mexican president, said Trump didn’t have “the balls” to end DACA himself. Joshua Roberts/Reuters

If we learned anything from last year’s contentious presidential debates—at times, it felt as though we were learning very little—it’s that President Donald Trump doesn’t take kindly to folks questioning his manhood and is prone to getting his back up about schoolyard insults. Remember the whole tiny hands episode? After GOP primary opponent Marco Rubio made a joke at his expense, Trump said the senator “referred to my hands—if they are small, something else must be small. I guarantee you there is no problem. I guarantee.” 

That all goes to say Trump likely won’t take kindly to the latest insult Tuesday night from Vicente Fox. The former Mexican president slammed the U.S. president’s decision to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which allowed undocumented young people brought to the U.S. to receive things like work authorization or driver’s licenses. Trump gave Congress a six-month period to pass legislation on the issue, but he had Attorney General Jeff Sessions announce the decision. Fox mentioned the president’s decision to not appear at the press conference and questioned Trump’s...let’s say...courage.

"@realDonaldTrump cancelled the future of 800,000 kids who are the cornerstone of America and didn’t even have the balls to say it himself,” Fox tweeted alongside a video of himself talking about the decision. 

“Trump you have failed America. Canceling DACA. It is the worst action you have ever done against the ones who cannot defend themselves,” Fox said in the video posted to Twitter. “This measure is cruel and heartless, worse than any machine. You're canceling the future of 800,000 children and young people. You are so mistaken. The future of any country is the minorities which will be majorities in a few years. You cannot stop the change, the progress, the future of that great nation. I hope your grandsons [will] never be in this terrible situation.” 

Fox, who was Mexico’s president from 2000 to 2006, has been a regular critic of the former reality TV star. Fox famously shot down Trump’s claim that Mexico would actually pay for his proposed wall along the southern border of the United States. 

“Well, you could use my words, ‘We’ll never pay for that fucking wall,’” Fox has said.