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Donald Trump Says Mexico Will 'Absolutely' Pay for Wall

Donald Trump Says Mexico Will 'Absolutely' Pay for Wall

During a meeting between Trump and Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto at the G-20 summit in Hamburg, Germany, a reporter shouted a question Trump's way about whether he still wanted Mexico to pay.

In a radio interview, Mexico's foreign minister, Luis Videgaray, described the meeting as "friendly and respectful" and said the wall was not discussed.

Trump told this morning's joint press conference with Peña Nieto, whom he called his friend, that he thought they had made "very good progress" at today's meeting, their first since Trump took office in January.

Immigration chatter aside, Trump and Nieto reportedly had a productive meeting Friday, especially in regards to their discussions on NAFTA.

He replied with one word, "absolutely", when asked if he still planned to pursue that policy.

Last August, during Trump's presidential campaign, he accepted an invitation to visit Mexico in what became a public relations disaster for Pena Nieto, who was widely condemned for inviting a man who has united Mexicans like few others in shared disdain.

The Trump administration formally told Congress in May that it intends to renegotiate NAFTA with Canada and Mexico. "It was not subject of the conversation".

In his speech announcing his candidacy in June 2015, Mr Trump said: "When Mexico sends its people, they're not sending their best".

Pena Nieto was scheduled to be among Trump's first worldwide White House guests but abruptly canceled the visit after Trump moved forward with plans to construct a border wall along the U.S.

Erecting a Mexican-funded wall along the US southern border to curb illegal immigration has been a priority and faltering promise for the current administration. The two spoke on the phone instead, but agreed they would not speak publicly about the wall at the time.

It's unclear if Pea Nieto responded to Trump's most recent comment.

"Trump is a bully, but Pena Nieto is a coward".


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