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

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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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