The Mexican president Enrico Pena Nieto’s scheduled visit to the US was called off because he refused Donald Trump’s demand that he stop publicly saying that Mexico would not pay for Trump’s beloved wall. One of Trump’s favorite lines to his adoring crowds during his campaign and even after winning the election, is that the wall will be built and that Mexico would pay for it and it irritated him that Nieto would keep denying this.
But Trump keeps plugging away and at a rally yesterday he even raised the stakes by saying, “In the end, Mexico’s paying for the wall. They’re going to pay for the wall, and they’re going to enjoy it.”
The statement that they would enjoy paying for the wall sounded like the kind of threat gangsters use when commanding someone to do their bidding and the Mexican president was so annoyed that he immediately shot off his own emphatic tweet that said:
“President @realDonaldTrump: NO. Mexico will NEVER pay for a wall. Not now, not ever.
Sincerely, Mexico (all of us).”
Looks like it’s going to be a long time before Trump and Pena Nieto get together. The only possibility is if they absolutely need to get together over the NAFTA negotiations.