Donald Trump, who has made border security and immigration reform the centerpieces of his campaign, flew to Mexico City to meet with President Enrique Peña Nieto. After their conference, Trump told a reporter that they discussed the border wall Trump has promised to build on the southern border of the United States. However, President Nieto disputed Trump’s assertion that they did not discuss Trump’s plan for Mexico to pay for the wall outright.
In a Twitter post, Nieto said that at the start of his conversation with Trump, he “made it clear” that Mexico would not pay for the wall.
Al inicio de la conversación con Donald Trump dejé claro que México no pagará por el muro.
— Enrique Peña Nieto (@EPN) August 31, 2016
John Podesta, Hillary Clinton’s campaign chair, did not mince words. “It turns out Trump didn’t just choke, he got beat in the room and lied about it,” he said. “Donald Trump has made his outlandish policy of forcing Mexico to pay for his giant wall the centerpiece of his campaign. But at the first opportunity to make good on his offensive campaign promises, Trump choked. What we saw today from a man who claims to be the ultimate ‘deal maker’ is that he doesn’t have the courage to advocate for his campaign promises when he’s not in front of a friendly crowd.”
Jason Miller, Trump’s senior communications adviser, immediately came to Trump’s defense, calling the meeting “the first part of the discussion and a relationship builder” between the two men. “It was not a negotiation, and that would have been inappropriate,” Miller said in a statement. “It is unsurprising that they hold two different views on this issue, and we look forward to continuing the conversation.”
For his part, President Nieto has reiterated his version of events. In an interview with CNN affiliate Televisa, he said that Trump’s policies are “a threat to Mexico” and that Trump has made “assertions that regrettably had hurt and have affected Mexicans.” Nieto, who once compared Trump to Adolf Hitler, emphasized
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