Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto Congratulates Trump on Twitter and in Phone Call


trump peña nietoAt 8:30 a.m. ET on Wednesday, roughly six hours after Donald Trump became the President Elect of the United States, Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto took to Twitter to offer his congratulations.

“I congratulate the USA on its electoral process and reiterate to @realDonaldTrump the willingness to work together in favor of the bilateral relationship,” Nieto wrote.

“Mexico and the United States are friends, partners and allies who must continue to collaborate for the competitiveness and development of North America.”

“I trust that Mexico and the United States will continue to strengthen their ties of cooperation and mutual respect.”

US-Mexico relations have, of course, been a major theme of the campaign — as Donald Trump’s proposal to build a wall along the Mexican border which Mexico would pay for has angered many citizens and government officials in the country.

But President Nieto has shown an openness to working with the soon-to-be American President. He hosted Trump in Mexico on Aug. 31, where the two spoke in private and then at a joint press conference. And Wednesday, he called Trump personally to congratulate him, according to Financial Times.

“This election opens a new chapter in relations between Mexico and the US that will imply a change, a challenge but also, I have to say, a big opportunity,” Nieto said.

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