U.S. President Donald Trump and Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto postponed plans for the Mexican leader's first visit to the White House, after a testy phone call involving Trump's push for a border wall, a senior U.S. official said on February 24.
Per the Post, both USA 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. Mr. Trump offered condolences after a military helicopter carrying officials assessing quake damage crashed in the southern Mexican state of Oaxaca, killing 13 people, and Pena Nieto offered condolences over last week's Florida school shooting that left 17 people dead. Neither side would respond to the Post report.
Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto (r.) canceled his trip to the US after a testy phone chat with President Donald Trump (l.) over the border wall. The U.S. statement said Trump reiterated a commitment to expanding ties on security, trade and immigration, and it made no mention of the wall or Pena Nieto's upcoming visit.
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Trump's promise to make Mexico pay billions of dollars for a wall to stop illegal immigration was a central point of his presidential campaign, which he began by labeling some Mexican immigrants criminals and rapists.
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They later met at G20 meetings in Hamburg in July.
"The fact is, we are both in a little bit of a political bind because I have to have Mexico pay for the wall", Trump told Peña Nieto, according to a transcript of the call. Mr. Trump has not visited Mexico as president, though he and Pena Nieto met in Mexico City when Mr. Trump traveled there as a candidate during the 2016 presidential campaign.