Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto is scheduled to travel to Washington, D.C. to meeting with President Trump on Jan. 31.
However, since Trump signed an executive order Wednesday authorizing construction of the wall along the border to begin, Peña Nieto has released word that he is “considering” cancelling the meeting.
The Hill reported that Mexican lawmakers are outraged over Trump’s executive order, calling it “an offense to Mexico” an Jorge Castaneda, secretary to former Mexican President Vicente Fox, said the order “is an insult to Mexican officials.”
He also blasted the current Mexican president. “It’s a way of making them negotiate under threat, under insults, and it should lead Peña Nieto to cancel his trip next week,” Castaneda said in an interview. “Peña is a weak president in a weak country at a weak moment, but he has to find a way to get some official backbone.”
The Hill reported that “Mexican Foreign Affairs Secretary Luis Videgaray and Mexican Economy Secretary Ildefonso Guajardo Villarreal visited the White House Wednesday, meeting with several top Trump administration officials.”
CNN reported that the Mexican officials said they were coming with the strategy of “Mexico first.”
“If they want to re-visit the relationship, then we say, yes. Let’s see what they want, what they bring to the table and how it can better benefit us,” one Mexican official reportedly stated.
They were scheduled to meet with Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, Trump son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner, National Security Adviser Michael Flynn and chief strategist Steve Bannon, DHS Secretary John Kelly and several members of Trump’s economic team.
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