Tense phone call forces Mexican president to cancel United States trip

Tense phone call forces Mexican president to cancel United States trip

Tense phone call forces Mexican president to cancel United States trip

"The two leaders agreed now was not the immediate right time for a visit but that they would have their teams continue to talk and work together", the official said.

A planned visit by Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto to the White House has been called off after a heated phone exchange with US President Donald Trump, US media reported.

Mexican officials had been talking about a summit between Trump and Pena Nieto in the next few weeks, without specifying when.

Trump also reportedly "lost his temper" at one point and was "exasperated" and "frustrated" because he thought Peña Nieto's request was unreasonable.

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During an almost-hour-long phone conversation on Tuesday, Peña Nieto and Trump spent a significant portion on the wall, and Trump's adherence to his unpopular promise brought the talks to a hasty close when the U.S. president quickly ended the call, according to officials who spoke on the condition of anonymity due to the sensitive nature of the subject matter. Trump offered condolences after a military helicopter carrying officials assessing quake damage crashed in the southern Mexican state of Oaxaca, killing 13 people, and Pena Nieto offered condolences over last week's Florida school shooting that left 17 people dead. Mexico's Foreign Ministry has repeatedly said it won't fund a wall. The White House sought Saturday to minimize any appearance of a rift in relations with its southern neighbor.

"We enjoy a great relationship with Mexico", Trump National Security Council spokesman Michael Anton vowed, continuing, "the two administrations have been working for a year to deepen our cooperation".

In his latest budget proposal to Congress, Trump requested $23 billion for border security, most of it for building 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.

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