Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto was planning on making his first visit to the Trump White House. But those plans are no more and it appears it is because President Donald Trump won’t promise to stop saying Mexico is going to pay for a border wall.
According to the Washington Post, Pena Nieto was looking to make the trip within the next month but ended up putting those plans on hold following a “testy” phone call with Trump earlier this month.
Speaking by phone on Tuesday, Peña Nieto and Trump devoted a considerable portion of their roughly 50 minute conversation to the wall, and neither man would compromise his position.
One Mexican official said Trump “lost his temper.” But U.S. officials described him instead as being frustrated and exasperated, saying Trump believed it was unreasonable for Peña Nieto to expect him to back off his crowd-pleasing campaign promise of forcing Mexico to pay for the wall.
Per the Post, both US and Mexican officials agreed that the reason why the visit has been called off was Pena Nieto wanted to avoid “public embarrassment” and Trump wouldn’t offer him that assurance.
This all comes on the heels of a meeting between Mexican officials and White House senior advisor Jared Kushner in which the Mexicans were left with the understanding that the president wouldn’t bring up his oft-repeated claim that Mexico would pay for the proposed border wall.
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