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A week after President Trump and Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto faced off over a possible border wall, things continue to remain tense.
According to the Associated Press, during a phone call with Mexican President Peña Nieto, President Trump threatened to send the U.S. military to Mexico unless EPN stopped the “bad hombres” in the country.
The Associated Press says it received an official transcript of the conversation from a Mexican official who preferred to remain anonymous. Here’s an excerpt provided by the AP:
“You have a bunch of bad hombres down there. 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.”
The AP’s report appears to corroborate a previous story by Mexican news organization Aristegui Noticias, which reported that Peña Nieto was “humiliated” during their phone conversation.
According to Dolia Estevez, a Mexican reporter who had access to the conversation, Trump told EPN that he “didn’t need Mexico or Mexicans.” He then criticized Mexico’s military for not doing enough to stop drug cartels.
Estevez: “Fue una conversación muy ofensiva donde Trump humilló a Peña Nieto.” (It was a very offensive conversation in which Trump humiliated Peña Nieto).
Mexico’s government has denied the reports, telling the Associated Press that they are “based on falsehoods.”