President Trump planned to host his Mexican counterpart in Washington but as of Saturday, those plans have been put on hold. Trump was to meet with the Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto and now they have both agreed now is not the right time for Pena Nieto to make his first visit.
A White House official said U.S. and Mexico will continue to talk and work together, but any plans of visiting are off for the foreseeable future. Reports say the two Presidents spoke recently but the call ended poorly after an impasse over the wall Trump has pledged to build on the U.S.-Mexico border to stem the flow of illegal immigrants and drugs.
The plan to build the wall was a cornerstone of Trump's campaign and when asked who would pay for the wall, he consistently answered "Mexico". It appears the Mexican President was insulted and insists Mexico won't pay for the wall. The pair spoke recently when Trump offered his condolences after a military helicopter carrying officials assessing earthquake damage crashed killing 13.
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An official statement from the White House underscored Trump's cooperation with Mexico on security, trade, and immigration. The White House sought to minimize any appearance of a rift between the two nations Saturday saying.
"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," said National Security Council spokesman Michael Anton.
A visit from the Mexican President was scrapped shortly after the President took office in January last year after Trump insisted Mexico pay for the wall.
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