Mexico Running Scared After Trump Insists Border Wall Is Happening
- Author: Joey Payne Feb 26, 2018,
Feb 26, 2018, 2:08
"The two leaders agreed now was not the immediate right time for a visit but that they would have their teams continue to talk and work together", Reuters news agency quoted a senior U.S. official as saying.
Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto postponed a trip to the US after a phone call with President Trump turned testy over his planned border wall.
Trump and Pena Nieto spoke on February 20, the White House said in a statement at the time.
But, the sources said, the plans were called off after Trump "would not agree to publicly affirm Mexico's position" on the border wall - namely, that Mexico isn't paying for it - during a phone call with Peña Nieto.
At least one Mexican official, who spoke to the Post on the condition of anonymity, said Trump "lost his temper". Trump has insisted since he kicked off his campaign in 2015 that Mexico will pay, either directly or indirectly, for the wall. Mexico's Foreign Ministry has repeatedly said it won't fund a wall.
The wall, a key item for Trump's political base of supporters, has become a sticking point in talks to keep alive a federal program that protects from deportation young people who were brought to the United States illegally as children.
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.
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 USA president has made the increasingly unlikely multi-billion dollar infrastructure project a cornerstone of his White House legacy. 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.