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After Trump Threatens To Cancel Meeting With Mexico, Enrique Peña Nieto Beats Him To The Punch

President Trump and Mexico’s President Enrique Peña Nieto are in a war of words over who will pay for the proposed border wall between the U.S. and Mexico. The two presidents were scheduled to meet later this month, but after a tense series of statements and tweets, Mexican President Peña Nieto has cancelled the meeting. This decision comes a day after Trump signed an executive order to begin building the border wall between the U.S. and Mexico.

Enrique Peña Nieto’s cancellation came shortly after he released this video to Twitter:


In the short video, President Peña Nieto says Mexico will not pay for the wall and advises Mexican consulates in the U.S. to make efforts to protect Mexican citizens currently living in the U.S.

In the build-up to Mexico’s cancellation of the meeting, President Trump tweeted his case for why Mexico should pay for the wall.


Trump also suggested cancelling the meeting, which could have been a strategic negotiating tactic or an actual threat.


President Peña Nieto took initiative by informing the world that the scheduled meeting between the two leaders was now cancelled.


“This morning we have informed the White House that I will not attend the meeting scheduled for next Tuesday with the @POTUS,” wrote Peña Nieto. 

President Peña Nieto’s tweet isn’t a sign of aggression, as EPN has numerous times reiterated respect for the U.S.


On Wednesday night, President Nieto wrote: “We reaffirm our friendship with the people of the United States and will to reach agreements with the Government. Agreements on behalf of Mexicans.”

But President Peña Nieto has also made numerous calls for the U.S. to respect Mexico’s sovereignty.


This sentiment was tweeted out Wednesday night: “Mexico offers and demands respect, as the fully sovereign nation we are.”

President Peña Nieto’s decision to cancel the meeting comes during a time of great unrest in Mexico.

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President Peña Nieto has faced increasing criticism from Mexico’s citizens over the last several months. Gas shortages and the failing peso have put people at odds with the unpopular Mexican President. Peña Nieto’s popularity rating, a dismal 12 percent, has plummeted largely due to his failure to stand up to President Trump’s heavy-handed negotiating tactics, USA Today reports.

Trump’s administration has not yet given a response to the news that President Peña Nieto has cancelled the meeting.

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Before the meeting, Trump reportedly tried assuage fears, saying that the meeting was not meant to be a “confrontation” but rather a “negotiation.” However, Trump’s latest tweets must have suggested the opposite to Nieto, leading to the cancellation.

A day after President Trump authorized building the wall, Mark Morgan stepped down as from his position as U.S. Border Patrol chief.


No official reason has been given for the departure, but the Los Angeles Times reports that Morgan was pushed out by the Trump administration.


READ: President Trump Signs Executive Orders For Mexico Border Wall And Defunding Sanctuary Cities

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Prince Harry And Meghan Officially Say Goodbye To Royal Life And Clapback at Donald Trump’s Attacks

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Prince Harry And Meghan Officially Say Goodbye To Royal Life And Clapback at Donald Trump’s Attacks

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Come and gone so soon.

When Meghan Markle became part of the British Royal family in 2018, we good apples were excited to see how the former “Suits” actress would shake-up the stuffy monarchy. Sadly, after an onslaught of racial and other colorless attacks on Markle, the family made the decision to take a step back from the limelight announcing that they would become “financially independent” in early 2020.

Today marks the first day of Prince Harry as one of us normals and the return of Meghan Markle.

Earlier this year in January, Harry and Meghan announced that they would be taking a step back from royal life and become “financially independent,” sharing their desire to “carve out a progressive new role within this institution” in an Instagram post.

In response to rumors that Meghan and Harry might be moving to the states, Donald Trump took the time to peek up from the coronavirus pandemic to comment.

“I am a great friend and admirer of the Queen & the United Kingdom. It was reported that Harry and Meghan, who left the Kingdom, would reside permanently in Canada. Now they have left Canada for the U.S. however, the U.S. will not pay for their security protection. They must pay!” Trump tweeted.

Ahead of their official ‘goodbye’, the two released a statement made on Monday seemingly in response to this statement.

“The Duke and Duchess of Sussex would prefer that in the immediate weeks and months, the focus remains on the global response to Covid-19,” a Sussex spokesperson said according to CNN. “However, we recognize there are outstanding questions relating to their future beyond their Household transition deadline.”


The statement came just days after United States president, Donald Trump tweeted that the United States would not pay to protect Prince Harry and his wife Meghan when they move to the states. So that’s that.

American Latinos United Launches Committee To Take Down President Trump In 2020

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American Latinos United Launches Committee To Take Down President Trump In 2020

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American Latinos United (ALU) made the announcement that it would be forming a committee to create a new super PAC, “focused on defeating President Donald Trump by activating Latino voters in key battleground states.” As the 2020 election cycles draw closer and closer, political groups are already looking to key battleground states where Latino voters will play a key role in determining the next president. 

Backed by former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and entrepreneur Fernando Espuelas, the new committee will be targeting Latinos in six key battleground states: Arizona, Florida, North Carolina, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. The ALU does not appear to be backing or supporting any specific Democratic candidate as of now. Instead, it will be placing emphasis on Latino voter engagement in these key states. 

This year will be a historic one for Latinos as for the first time ever, they will become the largest minority group of potential voters in the United States. The ALU wants to be sure that a majority of those eligible to vote actually do so. 

The 2020 election has a lot on the line besides just the presidential nomination. For Latinos, issues like healthcare, immigration, and the economy are some of the biggest factors they’ll be considering when heading to the ballot box this November. The ALU plans to energize Latino voters on these issues through specifically targeted technology, culturally appropriate messaging, and on-the-ground work to turn out voters. The committee will also have ads that will be played in English and Spanish across traditional media and digital platforms.

The ALU points to the 2016 election as an example of the importance of having Latinos come out and vote. The number of eligible voters of Latino background who did not cast a ballot in 2016 was overwhelmingly high, 14 million, considering the anti-Latino sentiment heard from Trump on the campaign trail. 

According to the Pew Research Center, over half of the 27 million eligible Hispanic voters stayed home. That may be credited to not only Trump but a lack of enthusiasm when it came to Hillary Clinton. This year hopes to be different as 32 million Latinos will be eligible to vote in 2020, compared with 30 million African-Americans.

“President Trump captured about 30 percent of the Hispanic vote in 2016. If he falls under that threshold in 2020, key battleground states will be out of his reach,” Espuelas said in a press release. “With the Electoral College in play, we intend to empower Latinos in battleground states to defeat Trump with their votes.”

The ALU called out President Trump and his administration for “incompetence and corruption.” It warns if voter turnout this year is anything like 2016, Trump will surely be re-elected. 

In advancing its message, the ALU hopes to also hope to connect with Latinos on single-issue voters that have previously not voted Democrat. In doing so, they will also educate voters on the “moral danger that Trump represents” and the consequences of reelection victory for his administration. 

 “Our country is on a precipice. President Trump’s incompetence and corruption are threatening our democracy and the American way of life,” Villaraigosa said. “Latino voters can make all the difference – if we know how to engage and activate the millions of people that sit out most elections. Through ALU, we’ll connect deeply with our community and create the mechanisms to turn out the vote in historic proportions.”

While most Latinos tend to vote Democratic, that shouldn’t make their vote an automatic given. Many Latinos have cast doubt over the party in recent years, some even pointing anger towards former President Obama who deported more than three million undocumented immigrants. 

The ALU wants to change the narrative on the 2020 election not being just about a party but about having your voice heard. The 2018 midterm elections saw some momentum when it came to the Latino vote as about 40.4 percent of eligible Latino voters came out to the polls, about 11.7 million voters in total, according to the Pew Research Center

“American Latinos United can stop him. We are everywhere. All across the country—around kitchen tables, in-office conference rooms, on busways and buses, in town halls— American Latinos are talking, planning, gathering force and strength,” the ALU website reads. “We have the power to stop Trump. And we can shine the unwavering light of truth on the corrupt Republican party that enables him.

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