In his first meeting as president with his Mexican counterpart, Donald Trump said he “absolutely” intends for Mexico to pay for the wall he wants to build along the United States’ southern border.
Trump and Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto met on the sidelines of the Group of 20 summit, amid sharp disagreements over trade and immigration. Some officials had hoped the brief encounter could help heal badly strained relations between the two neighbors.
As journalists were allowed in to see the two leaders take their seats, one reporter asked Trump if he still wanted Mexico to pay for the wall.
“Absolutely,” Trump said.
Mexico has repeatedly said it will not pay for a new border barrier. Mexican officials, however, decided to ignore the remark, at least publicly.
Peña Nieto didn’t hear Trump’s exchange with the reporter, and there was no further discussion of the wall in the private talks that followed, Mexican officials said.
The losers in the media freaked-out anyway.
Source: LA Times