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Transcripts show Trump admonishing Peña Nieto for saying publicly Mexico will not pay for the border wall

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“You cannot say that to the press,” Trump told Peña Nieto, adding it was the “worst” conversation he had that day, according to a Jan 27 transcript
“You cannot say that to the press,” Trump told Peña Nieto, adding it was the “worst” conversation he had that day, according to a Jan 27 transcript

United States president Donald Trump urged the Mexican president to stop publicly saying he would not pay for a proposed border wall, according to transcripts. Mr. Trump admonished Enrique Peña Nieto for publicly denouncing the wall during a 27 January phone call, transcripts obtained by the Washington Post show.

“You cannot say that to the press,” he reportedly told him. Transcripts of his first call with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull were also published.

In a rancorous call, President Trump tells him it was the “worst” conversation he had that day, and one with Russian President Vladimir Putin was more pleasant.

Mr. Trump launched his presidential campaign on a promise to build a wall along the US southern border and vowed to make Mexico pay for the project. But the transcripts show the US president acknowledged the funding would come from other sources, saying the money “will work out in the formula somehow”.

He added: “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.”

“You cannot say that to the press,” Trump said repeatedly, according to a transcript of the Jan. 27 call obtained by The Washington Post. Trump made clear that he realized the funding would have to come from other sources but threatened to cut off contact if Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto continued to make defiant statements.

The funding “will work out in the formula somehow,” Trump said, adding later that “it will come out in the wash, and that is okay.” But “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.”

He described the wall as “the least important thing we are talking about, but politically this might be the most important.”

As the call went on, Trump cited a more pleasant call that he’d had earlier in the day: “Putin was a pleasant call,” Trump said, referring to Russian President Vladi¬mir Putin. “This is ridiculous.”

The House of Representatives approved US$1.6 billion towards the border wall last week, and the federal government has been viewing proposals submitted by construction contractors.

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, the highest ranked congressional Republican, also released a video this week of his visit to the southern border, saying “it's time for The Wall”.

To read the full text of the Nieto call, click here.

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  • :o))

    Thanx to the leaks; the @realDonaldTrump ‏is FINALLY exposed!

    Aug 04th, 2017 - 02:11 pm +1
  • Captain Poppy

    Maybe that's why after 6 months in office and 53 days off playing golf at his country clubs, charging the US government the fees to stay there, he needs 17 days more of vacation. And to thing this human stain bitched about his predecessors playing time and vacations.
    What did he say....“vacation, how needs vacations if you're at the WHite House? I'll be working so hard who will have the time, or want the time”

    Then last week he calls the White House a dump. I think more fondly of my grand kids shit stained pampers than Trump.

    Aug 06th, 2017 - 03:59 am 0
  • Clyde15

    I listened to an American political commentator discussing the Grand Jury and possible outcomes of their investigation.
    With elections coming next year, a lot of Republicans will be looking at their own futures and distancing themselves from Trump if the Russian involvement gets nastier.

    His support in the Senate could disappear-even with a Republican majority.

    He reckoned that Trump may be forced to resign - like Nixon- before impeachment.

    We can only hope !

    Aug 06th, 2017 - 09:35 am 0
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