US, Mexican officials play nice as Donald Trump doubles down on wall

Posted July 10, 2017

President Donald Trump sat down with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto this morning at the G20 summit in Germany, saying he still wants the country to pay for a proposed border wall. The bilateral meeting marked the first time that the two leaders had met personally since August 2016.

Trump said the two made "very good progress" during their meeting discussing NAFTA and "some other things with Mexico" during what he called a "very interesting" first day of the G20 conference.

According to a spokesman for Mr Peña Nieto, however, Mr Trump did not broach the subject during their ensuing talks.

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

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Trump has advocated for the wall since his presidential campaign kicked off in 2015, when has infamously said that when Mexico "sends its people".

Last month Trump suggested covering the wall with solar panels and to use the energy to cover some of the construction costs.

"Phone conversation is never enough", Putin said.

The Trump administration has emphasized the need to stem the flow of drugs, heroin in particular, from Mexico to the US.

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The Mexican leader made a decision to cancel after Trump signed an executive order that called for plans to be drawn up to build a wall along the U.S. -Mexico border and expressing his desire to have Mexico to pay for the wall.

Seated next to Putin on the sidelines of an economic summit in Germany, Trump said it was "an honor" to be with Putin.

The comments came after the two presidents had delivered statements.

Speaking on Mexican radio, Videgaray also said both governments agreed the renegotiation "should be a relatively quick process" that looks to "generate agreements, at least in general terms, by the end of the year". Nieto turned his head toward Trump, seemingly in disbelief.

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