Mexican President Cancels U.S. Trip After Call With "Frustrated, Exasperated" Trump

Relations between the US and Mexico have been frigid ever since Trump won the presidency, and according to media reports, that's where they remained last week when preliminary plans for Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto to make his first visit to the White House to meet with President Trump were indefinitely postponed after a "testy" call between the two leaders ended in an impasse over Trump’s promised border wall, according to U.S. and Mexican officials.

As the WaPo first reported, followed by the WSJ and Bloomberg, Peña Nieto was hoping to make an official trip to Washington this or next month, but both countries agreed to call off the plan after Trump refused to agree to publicly affirm Mexico’s position that it would not fund construction of the border wall which Mexicans generally consider offensive said both US and Mexican officials, suggesting that Trump's plans to eradicate leakers have been a failure.

Enrique Peña Nieto shakes hands with Donald Trump on the sidelines of the G20 summit on July 7.

While discussing a sensitive to the US president topic, an unnamed Mexican source said Trump "lost his temper"  while U.S. officials instead described Trump "as being frustrated and exasperated, saying Trump believed it was unreasonable for Peña Nieto to expect him to back off his crowd-pleasing campaign promise of forcing Mexico to pay for the wall."

In the WSJ's similar account, during the conversation, “things got difficult” when Trump refused to agree to Mr. Peña Nieto’s demands that he avoid talking during the planned meeting about his campaign promise to make Mexico pay for the construction of the wall.

After the phone call, the Mexican government canceled the planned meeting. The cancellation was first reported by the Washington Post and Mexican weekly news magazine Proceso.

Trump’s promise to make Mexico pay billions 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. Mexico, and its presidency, has repeatedly said paying for the wall is a non-starter.  Ultimately, it was the Mexican president's desire to avoid public embarrassment — and Trump’s unwillingness to provide that assurance — that proved to be the dealbreaker.

A physically slight man, Peña Nieto has been loath to put himself in an environment in which the more imposing Trump could play the bully. Peña Nieto’s style is exceedingly formal, and he is averse to verbal combat, making his carefully scripted public events the opposite of Trump’s often freewheeling appearances.

Then there is the political backdrop: as the WaPo reports, "with Mexico heading into a July presidential election, any action by Peña Nieto that could be seen as kowtowing to Trump or buckling under U.S. pressure risks damaging the prospects for his Institutional Revolutionary Party."

“The problem is that President Trump has painted himself, President Peña Nieto and the bilateral relationship into a corner,” said Arturo Sarukhan, a former Mexican ambassador to the United States.

“Even from the get-go, the idea of Mexico paying for the wall was never going to fly. His relationship with Mexico isn’t strategically driven. It’s not even business; it’s personal, driven by motivations and triggers, and that’s a huge problem. It could end up with the U.S. asking itself, ‘Who lost Mexico?’ ”

Even as the topic of wall payment remains a diplomatic dead end, the two countries continue to negotiate on NAFTA, which Trump has called a horrible deal for the U.S. that led to the loss of hundreds of thousands of manufacturing jobs. Trump last month indicated that he could be flexible with Nafta talks ahead of Mexico’s July presidential election - and then repeated his threat to withdraw if he can’t reach an agreement that’s “fair” for America.

Meanwhile, both governments have strived to portray their ties as strong and the exchanges between their leaders as smooth.

“We enjoy a great relationship with Mexico and the two administrations have been working for a year to deepen our cooperation across a range of issues including security, immigration, trade and economics,” Michael Anton, the top spokesman for Trump’s National Security Council, said in a statement.

Ironically, Mexican Foreign Secretary - both current and former - Luis Videgaray called the U.S.-Mexico relationship closer under Trump than in previous administrations.

“I think in many ways the relationship today is more fluid,” Videgaray said earlier this month in Mexico City alongside Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. “It’s closer than it was with previous administrations, which might be surprising to some people, but that’s a fact of life.”

Trump’s 2016 visit to Mexico led to the resignation of Videgaray as finance minister after his involvement in arranging a meeting with Kushner became public. Mr. Videgaray returned to Mr. Peña Nieto´s cabinet as foreign minister after  Trump won the U.S. election.

Plans for the meeting were originally announced on Feb. 14, after Videgaray visited Washington and met with Trump administration officials including Kushner, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, National Economic Council Director Gary Cohn and National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster.

Pena Nieto last visited the White House to meet with President Barack Obama in July 2016. Trump hasn’t visited Mexico as president. Pena Nieto, who leaves office in December, still hopes the meeting will happen at some point, according to Bloomberg.



NumbersUsa ThinkerNotEmoter Sun, 02/25/2018 - 16:50 Permalink

Just for you Thinker-Not,-Enjoy !

Trump’s Jewish Agenda

january 7, 2018by christians united for palestine


Trump, the first US President with two Jewish children, beholden to the money power of the US establishment (i.e., Jewish money) that supported his presidential bid (or bought the presidency for him), is making the Israeli dream of stealing Jerusalem and the whole of Palestine a reality; especially since he owes Jewish investment banks hundreds of millions of dollars, which can be easily written off the books if certain conditions are met.

“I have determined that it is time to officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel,” Trump said.

In one fell swoop, Donald Trump overturned decades of international consensus and laws. He also ignored recorded history: Jerusalem was NEVERthe capital of even ancient Israel.

Furthermore, he constantly and nonchalantly overlooks the fact that Israel today is an inhumane, apartheid country that uses its carte blanche from the US to do as it pleases in the Middle East. It oppresses the Palestinians, treats them like caged animals, and spreads chaos in the region regardless of how it affects the peace of the world.

The reason is because the Jews control the Federal Reserve, the real center of power in the United States or the money power of the establishment (i.e., Jewish money). In turn, the Fed wags every other financial institution in America, and consequently ends up being the root cause of all of America’s economic ills.

Trump’s Jewish Entourage

Not even Trump, who supposedly wants to “make America great again,” dares mention the need to dismantle the Fed. Worse, he drools every time he talks about Apartheid Israel, not unlike every other American politician.

The anti-Christ spirit of hate thy neighbor, which revs up the engine of the state of Israel and that of its Prime Minister, seems to fire up Trump’s motor as well with his loathing of immigrants, especially of his Mexican neighbors. He and Netanyahu are two peas in a pod – both arrogant, haughty, and supercilious narcissists.

“Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall.” Proverbs 16:18

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NumbersUsa lloll Sun, 02/25/2018 - 16:43 Permalink

Fantastic Link lloll, Thank you, & please keep up the good work, you are performing a great service for humanity.

trump the orange jew better get off the "make jewmerica eternally israels forevermore" train, and get back to his promised "Make America Great Again" & BUILD THE WALL ! 

trump deep inside  jew supremacy

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ClickNLook lloll Sun, 02/25/2018 - 19:18 Permalink

Have you smelled your finger after sticking it into your bunghole again?

Not a valid way to get information.


if you do your reasearch properly, you would find out that some leaders of some countries are very fond of Trump.


I do not have a complete list, but presidents of Philippines and Uganda do like Trump, they have mentioned it.


Or you dismiss that because you consider these countries being shit holes?

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Disgruntled Goat Liquid_Silver Sun, 02/25/2018 - 19:13 Permalink

Ok boys and girls, lets all Sing Along with Disgruntled Goat to the tune of the Beatles Uncle Albert:

We're so sorry, little beaner

We're so sorry to have caused you any pain

We're so sorry, little beaner

But Hillary is gone and she's not coming back again....

We're so sorry, little beaner

You are paying for the wall despite your pain....

We're so sorry, little beaner

But the wall is going up, you are nothing but a stain ...

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Never One Roach Sun, 02/25/2018 - 15:48 Permalink

The cartel won't be happy he won't be able to peddle a few pounds of fentenyl into the country hidden in his "diplomatic pouch" on his visit.


Shame he canceled. He'll have to 'splain to 'El Jefe' Pedro.

Umh Sun, 02/25/2018 - 15:49 Permalink

The Mexican government is trying to send the undesirable parts of their population to the US. It will free the government from controlling their unruly indigenous population while dragging down the US.

rosiescenario Sun, 02/25/2018 - 15:53 Permalink

The "art of the deal" here would be to tell the MX prez. that we will measure the number of people going north across the border illegally and the number of U.S. citizens going south, illegally. We will then divide the south figure by that of those going north and that shall give the % of the wall's cost to be paid for by the U.S.with the balance then due from MX.

That is an equitable way to allocate the cost of building the wall.

twh99 Sun, 02/25/2018 - 15:59 Permalink

Getting Mexico to pay for the wall is child's play.  Just put a fee on all monies transferred to Mexican banks, say 1%.  

Voila wall is paid for in a few years.

LoveTruth Sun, 02/25/2018 - 16:11 Permalink

Mexicans want to have the right to infiltrate US at will intact. Observing US laws appears to be offensive to them .... Stopping the replacement of the white American man is a racist and a hateful act to them.