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Newly Released Transcripts Reveal That Trump Tried To Stop Peña Nieto From Saying Mexico Isn’t Paying For The Wall

The Washington Post recently published transcripts from President Donald Trump’s first White House phone call with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto. The transcripts show a very different picture than the narrative Trump has painted – that Mexico was definitely going to pay for the wall. Rather than standing up to the Mexican president, Trump seemed to try sweet talking Peña Nieto while essentially pleading with him to act like they were figuring out a compromise.

The transcripts show President Trump wasn’t using the same harsh rhetoric he used on the campaign trail.

After the initial pleasantries and greetings, Peña Nieto immediately brought up the wall Trump had been championing during his campaign. After letting Trump know that it was nothing personal, Peña Nieto let him know that the Mexican government is not going to be paying for the wall.

“It has nothing to do with you personally, Mr. President. But it is an unthinkable that I cannot ignore this because we find this completely unacceptable for Mexicans to pay for the wall that you are thinking of building,” Peña Nieto told Trump according to the transcripts. “I understand, Mr. President, the small political margin that you have now in terms of everything you said that you established throughout your campaign. But I would also like to make you understand, President Trump, the lack of margin I have as President of Mexico to accept this situation. And this has been, unfortunately, the critical point that has not allowed us to move forward in the building of the relationship between our two countries.”

Even though Peña Nieto brought up the wall early in the conversation, it’s a few exchanges before Trump turns the conversation to that subject. Instead, Trump talked about his victory and, according to The Washington Post, lied to Peña Nieto about the margins of his victory. When Trump returned back to the wall discussion, his attitude is a far cry from the tough “Mexico will pay” rhetoric that he used at all of his campaign rallies.

Trump tried to convince Peña Nieto that he should stop saying that Mexico isn’t paying for the wall.

The Washington Post

Trump attempts to talk to Peña Nieto about the crime that is pouring over the border from Mexico into the United States, but Peña Nieto was prepared. Peña Nieto suggested that the two leaders work together to make sure that the countries are safer but did put some of the blame on the U.S. for the weapons that are moving south into Mexico. Instead, Trump suggests that both leaders should tell the press that they are working it out. Peña Nieto responded to Trump saying that while he recognizes that every country has the sovereign right to protect their borders, he will continue to say that Mexico will not pay for the wall.

“But you cannot say that to the press,” Trump pleaded with Peña Nieto. “The press is going to go with that and I cannot live with that. You cannot say that to the press because I cannot negotiate under those circumstances.”

The conversation ended with Trump praising Peña Nieto.

First, Trump said that Peña Nieto’s words were beautiful and should definitely be included in the joint statements being released by the two governments. Then, Trump tells Peña Nieto that he hopes there is a constitutional amendment that would allow Peña Nieto another six-year term because Mexican presidents only get one six-year term, according to The Washington Post. Peña Nieto didn’t entertain the idea saying simply that he wanted both countries to do well before ending the call.

You can read the full transcript here.

(H/T: The Washington Post)


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

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AOC Gets Under Ted Cruz’s Skin With Crack About His Mexican Getaway After He Accuses Her Of Pushing For ‘open borders’

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AOC Gets Under Ted Cruz’s Skin With Crack About His Mexican Getaway After He Accuses Her Of Pushing For ‘open borders’

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Ted Cruz are at it again on Twitter. This time it’s about immigration policy. After recently traveling to the US-Mexican border to underline the recent rise in immigration, Cruz accused AOC of pushing for a “full open borders” policy.

And of course, AOC got him with some solid zingers.

AOC in turn hit back at Cruz for recently fleeing his home state of Texas during its power grid collapse to vacation in Cancún.

In response to Cruz’s attack, AOC suggested Mexico avoid allowing Cruz in the next time he attempts to vacation there. She also called on him to resign from office for his attempt to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election.

“Ted, this is pretty rich coming from someone who fled their own home (and responsibilities) during an environmental crisis to cross the border and seek refuge in Mexico,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted. “Also you funded cages, expanded cages, and yet you’re complaining about cages. You have no policy, just puff.”

Ocasio-Cortez accused Republicans of hypocritically attacking the current administration’s detention of migrant children at the border after they supported President Donald Trump’s policy of separating migrant parents from their children.

Currently, Democrats like AOC are calling on Biden to impliment more liberal immigration policies.

Republicans have strongly expressed their dislike for the recent rise in migrants which has come as a result of Biden’s reversal of Trump’s most rigid border policies.

AOC is currently a co-sponsor of the Roadmap to Freedom resolution. The resolution calls on the Federal Government to develop and implement a Roadmap to Freedom “in order to overhaul the outdated immigration system in the United States that has gone without significant reform for decades, and to relieve the great human impact an unjust system bears on communities around the country.”

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An Alleged Rapist Is Running For Governor In Mexico And Still Has The Support Of President AMLO

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An Alleged Rapist Is Running For Governor In Mexico And Still Has The Support Of President AMLO

For years, Mexicans have been taking to the streets to denounce violence against women and to demand accountability from their leaders. However, much of that messaging doesn’t seem to have reached the very top as President Andres Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) continues to support a candidate for governor facing multiple allegations of sexual assault.

A candidate for governor faces multiple sexual assault allegations and still enjoys widespread support.

Félix Salgado Macedonio, a federal senator (currently on leave) is accused of sexually assaulting five women and yet is still in the running for governor of Guerrero.

Despite the accusations he faces, 64-year-old Salgado, has maintained the support of President AMLO, who has claimed that the allegations are politically motivated, and other high-ranking party officials including national party president Mario Delgado. He was considered the frontrunner in the election for governor.

AMLO came to the candidates defense, calling on people to stop politicking and avoid “media lynchings” and asserting that people should trust the party process that was used to select Salgado as candidate.

“We have to have confidence in the people, it’s the people who decide. If polls are taken and and the people say ‘I agree with this colleague [being candidate],’ I think that must be respected. Politics is a matter for everyone, not just the elites,” López Obrador said.

The MORENA party has committed to reselecting its candidate for governor but Salgado is still in the running.

Officials from the MORENA party announced that they would conduct a new selection process to find a contender for the June 6 election. The party’s honesty and justice commission said its members had voted unanimously to order a repeat of the selection process.

While the honesty and justice commission has ordered a new candidate selection process, Salgado was not precluded from participating in it. He indicated in a social media post on Friday night that he planned to seek the party’s backing for a second time.

“Cheer up colleagues! There is [still fight in the] bull,” Salgado wrote on Facebook.

Activists continue to fight back against his candidacy and the president’s support for an alleged rapist.

Women have protested in Mexico City and Guerrero state capital Chilpancingo and the hashtag #NingúnVioladorSeráGobernador (No Rapist Will be Governor) has been used countless times on Twitter.

Yolitzin Jaimes, a member of the feminist collective Las Revueltas, said the withdrawal of Salgado’s candidacy is a positive first step but urged the authorities to continue investigating the rape allegations.

“… He has to go to jail, … he mustn’t return to the Senate and he mustn’t be nominated [for governor] by any political party because … it’s very probable that he’s seeking to go to the Labor Party [a Morena ally],” she said.

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