Donald Trump and Enrique Peña Nieto Apparently Had an Hour-Long Phone Call

Donald Trump and Enrique Peña Nieto Had an Hour-Long Phone Call

UPDATE: The two countries issued nearly identical written statements on the call, with one exception: The Mexican statement said the two presidents agreed not to discuss the wall financing issue publicly, but the Trump statement did not say so.

Trump told reporters that the United States is losing "vast amounts" of businesses and its jobs to Mexico, while drugs flow the other way into the United States.

"We'll be negotiating and we'll see what happens," Trump said.

Mexico's government said the following:

"With respect to the payment of the border wall, both Presidents recognized their differences clear and very public position on this sensitive issue, and agreed to resolve these differences as part of a comprehensive discussion of all aspects of the bilateral relationship. The Presidents also agreed for now not to speak publicly about this controversial issues."

According to the White House statement, the two presidents also discussed "the current trade deficit the United States has with Mexico, the importance of the friendship between the two nations, and the need for the two nations to work together to stop drug cartels, drug trafficking and illegal guns and arm sales."

Amid border wall and immigration tensions, President Donald Trump placed a very important phone call. 

Trump and Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto reportedly had an hour-long conversation on Friday, citing unnamed sources, without saying what was discussed. Earlier Friday morning, Trump tweeted about relations with Mexico.

READ: No Time For Foolishness: Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto Cancels Meeting With Trump

 

The two administrations have confirmed the call, but officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the call publicly. Trump and Peña Nieto had planned on meeting in Washington next week, but the Mexican president announced he was cancelling the visit.