When news broke late Tuesday that Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump had accepted Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto\u0026#039;s invitation to meet in Mexico City on Wednesday, the reaction in Mexico was swift and \u0022furious,\u0022 according to New York Times reporter Elisabeth Malkin.Trump, who has called Mexican immigrants \u0022criminals and rapists\u0022 and campaigned on a promise to \u0022build a wall\u0022 to keep Mexicans from immigrating to the United States, is such an unpopular figure in Mexico that Donald Trump piñatas have been selling out, Al Jazeera reported earlier this year.One piñata maker told Al Jazeera that \u0022Trump\u0026#039;s horrible about Mexicans. He says we\u0026#039;re the worst things that could exist. I think people like buying the piñata because we can\u0026#039;t give him a smack in real life.\u0022On Twitter, Mexicans decried their president\u0026#039;s decision to meet with the Republican candidate:I can\u0026#039;t believe they\u0026#039;re letting in that orange turd in the country. #EPN just committed the highest act of betrayal for the Mexican people.— Almendrita Vergara (@lorisdrita) August 31, 2016Now #EPN is receiving the same guy he described as Hitler a couple months ago, the same who is saying Mexico will pay for the Wall #WTF— Viridiana Rios (@Viri_Rios) August 31, 2016When US sends Pres candidates to Mexico, it doesn\u0026#039;t send its best. It sends racists, liars, thieves. #PendejoSummit https://t.co/eZUAYBJlOF— Jeronimo Saldaña (@JeronimoSaldana) August 31, 2016It\u0026#039;s a meeting between two of the most unpopular people for Mexicans: Trump and Peña Nieto.— JORGE RAMOS (@jorgeramosnews) August 31, 2016Former Mexican President Vicente Fox and former Mexican first lady Margarita Zavala de Calderón also joined in the condemnation of the meeting,\u0026nbsp;Politico\u0026nbsp;reports.Prominent Mexican historian Enrique Krauze demanded Trump apologize for his comments about Mexicans during the meeting:Listen @realDonaldTrump, we Mexicans expect nothing less than an apology for calling us “criminals and rapists”.— Enrique Krauze (@EnriqueKrauze) August 31, 2016Peña Nieto, no stranger to scandal himself, extended invitations to Mexico on Friday to both leading U.S. presidential candidates.Mexicans have speculated that Peña Nieto was caught by surprise when Trump accepted, according to the Houston Chronicle:Many Mexicans felt the Republican had left Peña Nieto [...] flat-footed by accepting an invitation the Mexican president had made simply for appearances\u0026#039; sake.The newspaper El Universal wrote in an editorial that Trump \u0022caught Mexican diplomats off guard\u0022 by accepting the invitation, and \u0022got one step ahead of them.\u0022\u0022They wanted to invite Hillary (Clinton), but that meant inviting both of them and nobody thought Trump would accept first,\u0022 said Mexico City-based security analyst Alejandro Hope. \u0022What\u0026#039;s in it for Mexico? Here there\u0026#039;s nothing to gain. The upside is all for Trump.\u0022\u0022Historically, the golden rule of Mexico\u0026#039;s foreign policy has been to avoid being seen as taking sides in U.S. politics; hence the two invitations,\u0022 the\u0026nbsp;Chronicle\u0026nbsp;notes.Trump is expected to meet with Peña Nieto midday on Wednesday, before he travels to Phoenix, Arizona, where he will deliver a speech on immigration in the evening.