Trump 'Absolutely' Still Wants Mexico to Pay for Border Wall
- Author: Sylvester Abbott Jul 10, 2017,
Jul 10, 2017, 0:37
President Enrique Pena Nieto and his USA counterpart, Donald Trump, held their first official meeting Friday they said allowed them to strengthen cooperation and discuss renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), APA reports quoting Anadolu Agency.
Trump travelled to Mexico City when his campaign was sagging last August, and embarrassed Pena Nieto in the presidential palace by speaking publicly of his plans for fencing of the frontier.
Peña Nieto then thanked Trump "for this space of opportunity", reported Reforma newspaper.
Building a wall along the US southern border and getting Mexico to pay for it was a signature promise of Trump's 2016 presidential campaign.
He replied with one word, "absolutely", when asked if he still planned to pursue that policy.
"Given what happened after this meeting (with Trump), clearly our bilateral relationship can not be defined by murmurs like those that took place yesterday", Pena Nieto said.
Mexican Secretary of Foreign Affairs Luis Videgaray said "The issue of the wall was not discussed, was not part of the conversation". The border wall charade is limping forward, even if Congress refuses to fund the effort.
The Mexican president's spokesman Eduardo Sanchez phoned in to Mexian radio station Radio Formula to say the two leaders did not discuss the proposed wall. "It's great to be with my friend the president of Mexico".
During his visit, Kelly also met with Mexican troops fighting the country's powerful drug cartels and took a surveillance flight over opium poppy fields in the restive state of Guerrero.
US President Donald Trump reiterated on Friday his desire to see Mexico finance the construction of its border wall project, before meeting with his Mexican counterpart on the sidelines of the G2O.
"Trump is a bully, but Pena Nieto is a coward".