Mexico is a corrupt country that should be subject to a U.S. "boycott," Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump said in an interview to be broadcast Sunday by a New York radio station.
Trump, whose remarks were published on Saturday by several media outlets, cited Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" (Shorty) Guzman's escape from the Altiplano I federal prison in central Mexico last Saturday night as an example of the country's problems and said the episode bolsters his message about the need to secure the border.
"We have to close up our border. We have to build a wall. I can do the wall better than anybody, and that's the story," the business magnate told "The Rita Cosby Show," which airs on WOR Radio in New York, reiterating the proposal he put forth at the start of his campaign.
Mexico is a "corrupt place" with a "terrible court system," Trump said, adding that "I think we should boycott Mexico, frankly. Mexico's treating us very, very badly."
"The people of Mexico are terrific. You know, I have great relationships with the people of Mexico," the candidate said, "but the problem we have is the government of Mexico is outsmarting our government at every (turn), whether it's trade or at the border."
"And so I can't be angry at them. I'm angry at our government for being so stupid."
The remarks are the latest in a series of jabs at Mexico since Trump's June 16 campaign launch.
The billionaire real estate developer has received critical coverage from many media outlets since he kicked off his bid for the presidency by denouncing Mexican immigrants as rapists and drug smugglers - though acknowledging that some of them might be "good" - and calling for a giant wall on the southern border.
The explosive comments prompted a number of business partners to cut ties with Trump, including Univision, ESPN and NBC television, Macy's, Spanish celebrity chef Jose Andres and NASCAR.