It wasn’t long ago that the U.S. enjoyed having a popular President who was calm and thoughtful but Conservatives voted in a hot white mess into office and here we are, cringing every time Donald Trump opens his mouth. Enrique Enrique Peña Nieto participated in a 50-minute phone call with Trump and after the conversation ended, the Mexican President scrapped his plans to visit the White House for the first time. Trump reportedly ‘lost his temper’ during the call and it was all over his dumb border wall.
Apparently, Trump still wants Mexico to pay for his wall even though he’s been told repeatedly that that will not happen.
Peña Nieto was considering an official trip to Washington this month or in March, but all bets were off after Trump would not agree to publicly affirm Mexico’s position that it would not fund his border wall, according to the Washington Post.
A Mexican official told the Washington Post that Trump “lost his temper” during the call. U.S. officials said that Trump was “exasperated” and “frustrated” because he believed that President Peña Nieto’s expectation was unreasonable.
Most of the time during the 50-minute call was devoted to discussing the border wall.
The Post reports:
Both accounts confirm it was Peña Nieto’s desire to avoid public embarrassment — and Trump’s unwillingness to provide that assurance — that proved to be the dealbreaker.
“The problem is that President Trump has painted himself, President Peña Nieto and the bilateral relationship into a corner,” said Arturo Sarukhan, a former Mexican ambassador to the U.S. “Even from the get-go, the idea of Mexico paying for the wall was never going to fly. His relationship with Mexico isn’t strategically driven. It’s not even business; it’s personal, driven by motivations and triggers, and that’s a huge problem. It could end up with the U.S. asking itself, ‘Who lost Mexico?’ ”
The border wall was one of Trump’s biggest campaign promises. At each rally, he would ask his ardent supporters who would pay for the wall, and of course, chanting from the crowd rang out, “Mexico!” But, that’s not going to happen. In fact, we, including Trump supporters, will fund his wall.
Peña Nieto has canceled a planned meeting with Trump before. In January 2017, the Mexican President canceled due to a conflict with Trump over NAFTA and the border wall.
It was just last August that Trump pleaded with Peña Nieto to not say publicly that his country would not pay for the wall.
“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 said at the time.
Trump is just playing his base. It’s almost as if he’s a con man or something.
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