Donald Trump met with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto on Wednesday. Trump said he spoke to Pena Nieto about trade, illegal immigration, NAFTA, and America’s “right” to build a border wall.
“We had a very substantive, direct and constructive exchange of ideas,” Trump said. “We did discuss the wall. We didn’t discuss payment of the wall,” Trump told reporters.
Trump, standing next to Pena Nieto during joint remarks, also said he shared his “strong view” that NAFTA has helped Mexico more than the U.S. and must be overhauled.
Pena Nieto said Mexico and America will face “common challenges” no matter who is the next president and urged a relationship based on “mutual respect.”
The Mexican president said he and Trump had an “open” discussion, acknowledging the countries face a “joint challenge” on their shared border – he said this includes addressing the flow of weapons into Mexico, as well as the flow of illegal immigrants heading north.
He told Trump: “We might disagree on several issues, but your presence here … shows that we do have fundamental common ground.”
Hillary Clinton slammed Trump for making the trip to Mexico, stating Trump has spent much of the presidential race railing against illegal immigration. He has singled out Mexico, accusing the country of sending over criminals and rapists.
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