Trump visit with Mexican president put on hold

Audrey Hill
February 26, 2018

Peña Nieto, facing an upcoming July election, has consistently held to his position that Mexico will never pay for the Trump-sponsored wall, while the U.S. president has made the increasingly unlikely multi-billion dollar infrastructure project a cornerstone of his White House legacy.

Tentative plans for Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto to make his first visit to the White House to meet with President Trump were scuttled this week after a testy call between the two leaders ended in an impasse over Trump's promised border wall, according to us and Mexican officials.

The President of the United States insisted that the cost of the wall will pay Mexico.

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Citing US and Mexican officials, the Post said Trump "would not agree to publicly affirm Mexico's position that it would not fund construction of a border wall that the Mexican people widely consider offensive".

Mexican officials had been talking about a summit between Trump and Pena Nieto in the next few weeks, without specifying when. "It's not even business; it's personal, driven by motivations and triggers, and that's a huge problem", he said, adding that, "It could end up with the U.S. asking itself, 'Who lost Mexico?'" cited by the Washington Post. 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. The White House sought Saturday to minimize any appearance of a rift in relations with its southern neighbor. South Korea's President Moon Jae-in, Malaysia's Prime Minister Najib Razak, Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto, (top L-R) Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.

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