Soon after his inauguration, President Trump had his first phone call with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto on Jan. 27.
The Washington Post claims they have obtained the complete transcripts of two phone calls President Trump placed within his first week – one was to the Mexican president, and the other was to Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.
Actual audios are not provided to confirm the claim, but the Post has released snippets of the alleged transcripts.
According to the transcript, President Trump told Mexico’s president that he must stop saying Mexico won’t pay for the wall, acknowledging that funding would have to come from elsewhere, but reportedly telling Peña Nieto to stop talking about it.
“On the wall, you and I both have a political problem,” Trump told Peña Nieto. “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.”
Trump said the funding “will work out in the formula somehow… It will come out in the wash, and that is okay.” But he said Peña Nieto must not say Mexico will not pay for the wall.
President Peña Nieto reportedly responded that Trump’s threats about the wall had “placed a very big mark on our back,” and warned that his “position has been and will continue to be very firm, saying that Mexico cannot pay for the wall.”
“You cannot say that to the press,” Trump allegedly said, adding, “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.”
“I have to have Mexico pay for the wall — I have to,” Trump said, according to the transcripts. “I have been talking about it for a two-year period.”
“We should both say, ‘We will work it out.’ It will work out in the formula somehow… as opposed to you saying, ‘We will not pay,’ and me saying, ‘We will not pay.’”
Peña Nieto reportedly stated that the border “is an issue related to the dignity of Mexico and goes to the national pride of my country,” but he agreed to Trump’s request to stop talking about the wall.
In the same phone call, President Trump slammed Mexico over the massive amount of illegal drugs flooding across the border into the United States, and stated clearly what a devastating impact it has had.
“We have a massive drug problem, where kids are becoming addicted to drugs because the drugs are being sold for less money than candy,” Trump said. “I won New Hampshire because New Hampshire is a drug-infested den.”
He told Peña Nieto, regarding the Mexican drug cartel leaders, “Maybe your military is afraid of them, but our military is not.”
Peña Nieto charged that drug trafficking from Mexico is being funded by the United States, saying it is “largely supported by the illegal amounts of money and weapons coming from the United States.”
The Washington Post quoted an unnamed official familiar with the conversations as stating: “The president is a tough negotiator who is always looking to make the best possible deals for the American people. The United States has many vital interests at stake with Mexico, including stopping the flow of illegal immigration, ending drug cartels’ reach into our communities, increasing border security, renegotiating NAFTA and reducing a massive trade deficit. In every conversation the president has with foreign leaders, he is direct and forceful in his determination to put America and Americans first.”
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