After all the rumors around the phone call conversation that had president Trump and the Mexican president Enrique Peña Nieto, the Washington Post obtained the records of U.S president saying to his counterpart: “stop stating that Mexico would not pay for a wall on the border”.
“You cannot say that to the press,” Trump told Nieto, urging him to refrain from the public statements because of the political damage it would impose on Trump.
“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 told Nieto, according to the transcript.
Perhaps one of the most conflictive proposals on Trump´s campaign has been the “wall” in Mexican border, a promess that could never solve problems with illegal migration.
Although the president described the wall as “the least important thing” they talked about, it do has a political and social impact on both countries United States and Mexico.
From Latin American, U.S means economical prosperity and the land where dreams come true, but once there it turns the opposite in many cases. There are people who have lived there for several years without a legal status and when they made a mistake, even not to bring a drive license, they go to jail.
Now, when Trump´s administration is promoting to check everyone´s immigration status the situation could be worst.
Back to the conversation, the remarks about the wall are particularly notable because many people coul think that Trump had doubts about whether Mexico would be willing to pay for it.
The message from Trump to Nieto is different.
“On the wall, you and I both have a political problem,” Trump told Nieto during the call. “My people stand up and say, ‘Mexico will pay for the wall,’ and your people probably say something in a similar but slightly different language.”
Nieto pushed back at Trump’s demands, saying the wall was “an issue related to the dignity of Mexico and goes to the national pride of my country”
He ultimately said he would “stop talking about the wall” but did not agree that Mexico would pay for its construction.
Trump said publicly that Mexico would pay for the wall, even when his government has taken steps to fund it in different ways.
The White House has included $1.6 billion in funding for the wall in an appropriations measure under consideration by Congress despite Democrats opposition.
A White House official who was aware of the phone call described Trump to the Post as “a tough negotiator” seeking to make the best deals possible for the U.S.
“In every conversation the president has with foreign leaders, he is direct and forceful in his determination to put America and Americans first.”