08 July, 2017
Following a meeting between Trump and President Enrique Peña Nieto on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany, the former was asked by reporters if he still expected Mexico to pay for the border wall, a key platform of his election campaign a year ago.
Instead, the White House said the two men discussed "regional challenges" like drug trafficking, illegal migration, and the crisis in Venezuela.
"We didn't touch on that subject in our conversation, which lasted about half an hour - partly because we have a well-known, significant difference of opinion on that", he said. He said the USA was pursuing "a total renegotiation of NAFTA and if we don't get it we will terminate it, that is, end NAFTA forever". Trump has since said he will find a way for Mexico to repay the United States for construction of the wall but that Congress would need to fund it first. They had planned to meet in January, but canceled the arrangements as tensions over the wall boiled over. "The president also agreed for now to not talk publicly about this controversial issue", the statement read, according to Reuters.
"Trump broke the deal they had of not talking about the wall in public", professor Carlos Bravo Regidor of the Center for Teaching and Research in Economics in Mexico City told The Guardian. He did so sitting right next to Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto.More news: Arturo Vidal blasts Cristiano Ronaldo ahead of Confederations Cup clash
President Donald Trump is hailing Mexico's president as his "friend" in their first face-to-face meeting.
Former Mexican president Vicente Fox Quesada's even turned the airwaves blue during a TV interview, when he told the then presidential hopeful: "Mexico is not going to pay for that f***king wall".
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.