Mexican phone chat
Giving instructions to leaders of other countries is following this script, which is not only imperial but completely useless for diplomacy.” Others, however, criticized Peña Nieto’s posture during the call and said the Mexican leader needed to be more assertive in sticking up for Mexican interests.
“If the Mexican president had taken a clearer and stronger stand, he could have been able to improve his position internally — politically and public-opinion wise,” said Carlos Bravo Regidor, professor at the Center for Teaching and Research in Economics in Mexico City.
Estevez said she "obtained confidential information" corroborating the content of the discussion."I don't need the Mexicans, I don't need Mexico," Trump reportedly told the Mexican president. Cabinet Public Relations Office/Handout via Reuters ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS PICTURE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. Kurt Tidd, commander of US Southern Command, and with Roberta Jacobson, the current US ambassador to Mexico, though the Mexican foreign ministry has made no mention of the encounter.
"We are going to build the wall and you all are going to pay for it, like it or not."Related: President Trump settles into the White House: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (L) and U. President Donald Trump (2nd L) are seen at Trump International Golf club in West Palm Beach, Florida, U. Estevez says that the reason for the meeting was to address Mexican cooperation in detaining the flow of Central American migrants through Mexico to the US.
During a phone call with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto on Friday, President Donald Trump reportedly disparaged Mexico and threatened to use military force against the drug trade, according to Washington, DC-based journalist Dolia Estevez. She also reports that there was a meeting between Videgaray and US officials on Tuesday in Tapachula, near the Mexico-Guatemala border.
In an interview with Mexican news outlet Aristegui Noticias, Estevez, who cited sources on both sides of the call, said "it was a very offensive conversation where Trump humiliated Peña Nieto."SEE ALSO: Trump encourages Mc Connell to 'go nuclear' if needed in upcoming Supreme Court battle Estevez said that while both the White House and the Mexican president released information about the call, both sides characterized it as a "friendly" conversation and neither revealed what was said. President Donald Trump, First Lady Melania Trump (R), Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his wife Akie Abe (L) pose for a photograph before attending dinner at Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach, Florida, U. REUTERS/Carlos Barria Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Akie Abe (R) attend dinner with U. President Donald Trump his wife Melania (L) at Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach, Florida U. The Mexican foreign minister met with Craig Deare, a member of Trump's national security council handling the Western Hemisphere, Adm.
President Donald Trump holds his earpiece as he holds a joint press conference with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (not pictured) at the White House in Washington, U. / AFP / MANDEL NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus (L) listens as U. President Donald Trump talks to journalists members of the travel pool on board the Air Force One during his trip to Palm Beach, Florida while flying over South Carolina, U. (Photo by Daniel Cardenas/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images) "Before this unusual onslaught, Peña was not firm," Estevez said; rather, "he was stammering."Despite this confrontation, the Mexican government still believes in conducting negotiations with the Trump administration, Estevez said.
President Donald Trump on Monday paid his first visit to US Central Command, meeting officers who will form the tip of the spear in implementing his new strategy to defeat the Islamic State group. (Photo by Daniel Cardenas/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)MEXICO CITY, MEXICO - AUGUST 31 : President of Mexico Enrique Pena Nieto (L) and US Republican presidential candidate, Donald Trump attend a meeting at Los Pinos presidential residence, in Mexico City, Mexico on August 31, 2016.
(Al Drago/The New York Times file) President Donald Trump speaks on the phone with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, with Michael Flynn, center, the national security adviser, and Stephen Bannon, his chief strategist, in the Oval Office of the White House, in Washington on Saturday. Then, 25 minutes into what was expected to be an hour-long call, Trump abruptly ended it. officials said that Trump has behaved similarly in conversations with leaders of other countries, including Mexico.
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President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump greet a marching band as they arrive at Trump International Golf club to watch the Super Bowl LI between New England Patriots and Atlanta Falcons in West Palm Beach, Florida, U. REUTERS/Carlos Barria US President Donald Trump watches the Super Bowl with First Lady Melania Trump (R) and White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus (L) at Trump International Golf Club Palm Beach in West Palm Beach, Florida on February 5, 2017. (Photo by Daniel Cardenas/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)MEXICO CITY, MEXICO - AUGUST 31 : President of Mexico Enrique Pena Nieto (L) and US Republican presidential candidate, Donald Trump attend a meeting at Los Pinos presidential residence, in Mexico City, Mexico on August 31, 2016.
Others complained that Trump was using tough talk to threaten the Mexican leader as if he were a Trump employee.
Peña Nieto appeared patient throughout the call, winning some rare praise from a population unhappy with his presidency.