Mexico to stop talk of wall payments’

DONALD TRUMP

US President Donald Trump urged the Mexico president to stop

 

Mr Trump admonished Enrique Pena 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 Turn bull 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.

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