Trump, Mexican President Hold Hour-Long Phone Call, Agree Not To Discuss Payment For "The Wall"

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Is the Mexican president looking to salvage something from yesterday's dramatic diplomatic devastation?

According to AP, shortly before his meeting with Theresa May, President Donald Trump spent one hour talking on the phone to the president of Mexico, Pena Nieto, amid "rising tensions" over Trump's proposed wall along the border. Two administration officials confirmed Friday's call.

According to Reuters, citing the Mexican government, the conversation between the two presidents included discussions on the trade deficit between the US and Mexico, and also discussed the need for both to work together to stop trafficking of drugs and illegal arms. Furthermore, the president agreed not to speak publicly for now on the "controversial" subject of payment for the border wall. During the Theresa May press conference, Trump said that the call was "very good" and "friendly", and has a "very good relationship" with Nieto, but added that "Mexico has made us look foolish" and the trade deals will be renegotiated.

The Peso has drifted higher all day, and was up 1.7% on the news of the amicable phone call, with the USDMXN tumbling over the past 24 hours.

Trump and Pena Nieto had been expected to meet in Washington next week, but the Mexican president abruptly canceled his visit on Thursday. His decision came after Trump moved forward with plans to construct a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border and have Mexico pay for construction. Following the cancellation, Trump's spokesman said the White House would seek to pay for the border wall by slapping a 20 percent tax on all imports from Mexico, as well as on other countries the U.S. has a trade deficit with. The White House later cast the proposal as just one option to pay for the wall.

The strong reaction from Mexico signaled a remarkable souring of relations between Washington and one of its most important international partners just days into the new administration. The U.S. and Mexico conduct some $1.6 billion a day in cross-border trade, and cooperate on everything from migration to drug enforcement to major environmental issues.

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Following his imminent press conference with Theresa May, later in the day, the president is expected to travel to the Pentagon, where he was expected to sign a trio of executive actions, including one to halve the flow of refugees into the United Sates and stop all entries from some majority-Muslim nations. White House spokesman Sean Spicer said Trump also intended to sign actions related to military readiness and the National Security Council. Details of those directives were not immediately clear.

According to a draft of the refugee order obtained by The Associated Press, Trump would move to indefinitely stop accepting Syrian refugees. The order also calls for a pause in the nation's broader refugee program for at least 120 days. While at the Pentagon, Trump was expected to meet with the Joint Chiefs of Staff and attend a ceremonial swearing-in for Defense Secretary James Mattis.

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Stuck on Zero's picture

Mexico is building a wall along its Southern border.  Any issues there?

Raffie's picture

Mexico wants to get full scale war with us?

Well, if they insist.

Life of Illusion's picture


Mexico waking up

just like MSM

This is no drill 


D Nyle's picture

Shock and Awe

Trumps playing Chess and everyone else is playing marbles

SafelyGraze's picture

is isn't a wall

it's just a barrier. a zone. a construct. a perimeter. a peace enhancer.


jcaz's picture

"Can you hear me now?  Let's talk about that trade imbalance again...."

Oh no- look- the Mexican Navy has just been deployed..... BUWHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Creative_Destruct's picture

All the idiots can say what they want, but one thing they can't deny: Trump is a force of nature. He is ACTION embodied. He MOVES. This is refreshing compared to the hot-air dithering, don't-want-to-offend-anyone idiots that normally occupy these political positions.

Swing that leg Donald: Kick-ass and take names.

FreezeThese's picture
FreezeThese (not verified) Creative_Destruct Jan 27, 2017 1:38 PM

Force of bowel movements* 


Fixed it

Pinto Currency's picture

Trump is playing chess using a bulldozer.

Mexico's President Nieto is learning how it felt to be Marco 'bubbles' Rubio.

Mustafa Kemal's picture

"Fixed it"

You didnt fix anything just adhominemed it.

Whether you approve of him or not, it is a little difficult to argue with the claim that Trump is a Force of Nature.

Creative_Destruct's picture

"You didnt fix anything just adhominemed it."

Yes. Unfortunately,  many can't see that that even their worst enemies can have compelling qualities, and so they are prone to ad hominem behavior. These emotional reactions are a human characteristic throughout the political spectrum.

Or they are simply doing it to satarize and advocate a political view. So be it.

Joe Trader's picture

Mexico should step up to the plate and eat China's lunch - fair trade MINUS currency manipulation. That's major leverage going into the China negotiations. Chess anyone???

kbohip's picture

And yet with no bowel movements the body dies.

EnDimoVeritas's picture

Sofa King Zen!
The Dao of Deuce.

Paper Mache's picture

President Trump doesn't just have bowel movements. President Trump shits logs that bust the pan. The man is a a superhuman force of nature.  

Overfed's picture

The threat of a 20% import tax was just a call to the negotiating table. Very well played.

Creative_Destruct's picture

Exactly. These narrow minded unimaginative idiots cannot get it through their thick heads that these are negotiating gambits on Trump's part. They have never seen a POLITICIAN do this because Pols are ass-kissers, NOT negotiators, and they (the Establishment, MSM, et al) think that it is BLASPHEMY for these business tactics to be applied to political interaction. WHY?? Fuck em! Go Donny!!

HRH Feant's picture
HRH Feant (not verified) Creative_Destruct Jan 27, 2017 2:44 PM

Pols are ass kissers; Trump is an ass kicker!


Chupacabra-322's picture

@ Overfred,

Exactly! He grabbed Mexico by the Taco.

U4 eee aaa's picture

Trump is playing chess and everyone else has lost their marbles

Raffie's picture

The sad part is Mexcio is to proud to see President Trump is giving them a deal.


Dead Indiana Sky's picture

Maybe if we drop our 26,000 bombs on Mexico, the illegals will have nowhere to Western Union their money.  Keep it local.

U4 eee aaa's picture

Not bombing but I was wondering how high the remittance tax needs to go before illegals see it as more beneficial to spend their money in America


Donnie grabbed Pena by the pussy. 

Big Brother's picture

Donnie grabbed Pena by the Pene.

More Ammo's picture

Remember the Alamo!

Remember Goliad!


Then there was the Battle of San Jacinto...


Obadiah's picture

OMG I am already sick of #Winning

; )

JLee2027's picture

LOL. It does grow boring!

U4 eee aaa's picture

The opposition had won for so long they got fat and lazy. Now that Trump has risen, the left no longer knows how to fight which explains their rage. They got into the mindset of entitlement and expectation thinking the world owed them the throne

TheLastTrump's picture

Yes, partially paid for with US tax dollars apparently. The irony is so thick you can cut it with a butter knife.

SuperVinci's picture

Como se dice "suck my cock Mexico"?

No.Fifth.Turning's picture

Chupa es mi pinga México (or sumtin lik dat)

BarkingCat's picture

ZH does not have a #2 button, so I have no idea what you guys are writing.

Nor do I give two shits.

Got The Wrong No's picture

Did you have a problem with funding ISIS and Obama's illegal wars being funded with tax dollars?

TheLastTrump's picture

I have a huge problem with almost everything Obama did.


You Jew haters may want to pause & reflect that your hatred for a race/relgion is perfectly in line with Democrat/liberal thinking & you make Obama happy with your diatribes. That last word was kind of a pun, enjoy.

Midas's picture

I am all for a wall, but I think the "benefit wall" is actually much more important.  The physical wall doesn't help against those already here illegally or those who overstay a visa.  If you get rid of the benefits those problems will start to correct themselves.  And I think it would be much easier to implement and could start working within a day.

BigCumulusClouds's picture

They can get rid of the illegals easily.  They all use fake SS#s -- so the feds know who they all are and where they are.  Funny nobody ever mentions this fact.

TheLastTrump's picture

You're on to something there bud. No more tax dollars given to non citizens.


I'll even go so far as to say those paltry few billion we're giving to Israel should be cut off. No more foreign aid to buy influence, period.


People are starving? We have extra corn, send them some of that.


Snípéir_Ag_Obair's picture

dude, let's see Trump talk about our fucked up crazy trade deals with Israel, loving crafted in large part by triple citizen and International Joooo and second at the Fed behind the other jooo ( 3rd in a row at the fed, but learn ye thei rich history of jews running irs, sec, fdic, cbo, omb, commerce, treasury, trade rep, nec, cea, and on and on and on... For a secret muslim, Obama sure appointed a wildly disproportionate number of jews, like Penny Pritzker... ah, but keep focusing on Jarret like Cass Sunstein intended you to, Breitbarters! )

The trade deals we have with Israel, their world-leading commercial espionage and theft aside, are literally Jewish-crafted to favor Israel.

As for the NSA:

tear it all down. it is part of ZOG

Han Cholo's picture

Completely agree. Said here a week or so ago, we are in debt up to our eyeballs. Now is not the time to be giving what little wealth we have away. Once we are out of debt, then it is time to be charitable. 

Snípéir_Ag_Obair's picture

excellent point.

But Trump needs to focus on punishing the employers.

At the end of the day though, our dying FRN is a fuckin shaped charge about to go off inside our rectums.


I think a gold standard is problematic, and that while all fiat is mortal, GI Currency, issued without debt attached on issuance, could work for a few generations.... although I would not argue hard against gold backing.

Just end this private cartel of banks owned largely by European/Jewish banking families.


Everything else is just staving off the inevitable and pronging and worsening the theft of wealth by banksters

The Lie Hurts's picture

The people of California tried that through a ballot initiative and a federal judge said that it somehow violoated the constitutional rights of non-citizen, illegal aliens.

Pure Evil's picture

Mexico has to have an outlet to send all it's rapists, murderers, and other criminal. The countries south of Mexico definitely won't accept Mexico's criminal class since they're trying to send all their criminals north to the US.

darteaus's picture

Send all the criminal aliens to Zimbabmwe by bribing Mugabe $10K for each one they take.

Helix6's picture

"Mexico is building a wall along its Southern border.  Any issues there?"

If there are, they're Mexico's issues, not ours.

JLee2027's picture

An hour on the phone?  Has to be a negotiaton.

Insurrexion's picture

No. I don't think Trump understands Spanish.

Snípéir_Ag_Obair's picture

I think that is not true, my man

But it should be.

what is true is Mexico zealously defends its southern border from migrants, using its military and deadly force.