President Trump told the Mexican president “how it is” during a phone call on Friday.
According to claims by the Associated Press, Trump told President Enrique Pena Nieto: “You have a bunch of bad hombres down there.”
An official told the AP that the remarks made by President Trump were “meant to be lighthearted” and were made during a conversation concerning how the two countries could combat the drug cartels.
According to one official: “Those comments, while lighthearted, were part of a discussion about how the United States and Mexico could work collaboratively to combat drug cartels and other criminal elements and make the border more secure.”
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Trump said to the Mexican president that he doesn’t think Mexico is doing its fair share of enforcement when it comes to dealing with drug cartels and other criminal elements.
He told Pena Nieto, “You aren’t doing enough to stop them. I think your military is scared. Our military isn’t, so I just might send them down to take care of it.”
This account was confirmed by the White House, but came a day after the White House clarified media accounts of the conversation, saying all reports that Trump “threatened to invade Mexico are false.”
According to The Hill, the White House did not dispute the latest account when asked.
The White House has not commented on whether Trump used the words “bad hombres” in his conversation with Peña Nieto.
The Mexican president had canceled his planned meeting with Trump after Trump’s announcement that he will build the wall and still insisted Mexico will foot the bill.
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