Mexican president's visit to White House postponed


An official trip to the White House is off after Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto had a tense phone call with President Trump on February 20th. But Trump still insists Mexico will pay for it.

Citing US and Mexican officials, the Post said Trump "would not agree to publicly affirm Mexico's position that it would not fund construction of a border wall that the Mexican people widely consider offensive".

Peña Nieto had to make an official visit to Washington this month or in March, but both countries made a decision to cancel the plan after trump has not agreed to publicly reaffirm the position of Mexico that it will not Finance the construction of the wall between the two countries.

The Mexican leader was planning his first official visit - either this month or early March - to Washington since President Trump's inauguration, but it fell through on Saturday after their failure to find common ground on a long-standing dispute over Trump's proposed border wall. "It's not even business; it's personal, driven by motivations and triggers, and that's a huge problem", he said, adding that, "It could end up with the USA asking itself, 'Who lost Mexico?'" cited by the Washington Post.

The statement said Mr. Trump underscored his commitment to expanding cooperation with Mexico on security, trade, and immigration, but did not mention a possible visit by Pena Nieto.

Pena Nieto scrapped a planned trip to meet Trump at the White House shortly after Trump took office in January 2017 over Trump's insistence that Mexico pay for the wall. Peña Nieto has repeatedly pointed out that Mexico will not, and last week was seeking assurance from Trump that he would back off the claim, anxious Trump would embarrass him during the visit, particularly since he is trying to get reelected in July.