The Washington Post recently leaked transcripts from a phone call on January 27th between President Donald Trump and Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto. In the exchange, Trump pleaded with Peña Nieto to refrain from announcing that Mexico will not pay for the wall between the United States and Mexico.
The phone call transcripts involved conversations between Trump, Peña Nieto, and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. The Washington Post highlighted the fact that the leaked transcripts are classified information.
Shortly after Trump’s inauguration, he apparently said to Peña Nieto, “the only thing I will ask you though is on the wall, you and I both have a political problem.”
“My people stand up and say, ‘Mexico will pay for the wall’ and your people probably say something in a similar but slightly different language,” Trump stated. “But the fact is we are both in a little bit of a political bind because I have to have Mexico pay for the wall — I have to. I have been talking about it for a two-year period, and the reason I say they are going to pay for the wall is because Mexico has made a fortune out of the stupidity of U.S. trade representatives.”
“Because you and I are both at a point now where we are both saying we are not to pay for the wall,” he added. “From a political standpoint, that is what we will say. We cannot say that anymore because if you are going to say that Mexico is not going to pay for the wall, then I do not want to meet with you guys anymore because I cannot live with that.”
Trump suggested to Peña Nieto that “we will work it out.” He also pressed Peña Nieto, “you cannot say anymore that the United States is going to pay for the wall.”
“A lot of what is happening in terms of traffickers in Mexico is being largely supported by the illegal amounts of money and weapons coming from the United States,” Peña Nieto responded.
“You have a very big mark on our back, Mr. President, regarding who pays for the wall,” he continued.
Peña Nieto told Trump, “let us stop talking about the wall.” Peña Nieto contended that while each country has the responsibility to keep its borders safe, “Mexico cannot pay for that wall.”
“But you cannot say that to the press,” Trump answered.
“The press is going to go with that and I cannot live with that,” Trump furthered. “You cannot say that to the press because I cannot negotiate under those circumstances.”
Peña Nieto contended that the wall proposal “goes beyond the economic situation because this is an issue related to the dignity of Mexico and goes to the national pride of my country.” Peña Nieto told Trump that he should quit bringing attention to the wall.
“I do not bring up the wall but when the press brings up the wall, I will say, ‘let us see how it is going – let us see how it is working out with Mexico,’” Trump conceded.
First reported by The Blaze.