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During G2 0 meeting, Trump enunciates Mexico will utterly finance wall, but President Pea Nieto allows observes to vanish unchallenged
Donald Trump has again chagrined Mexicos president Enrique Pea Nieto by recurring his claim in the presence of the Mexican leader that Americas southern neighbour would pay for a border wall.
Pea Nieto allowed Trumps comments to vanish unchallenged when the two leaders gratified on the sidelines of the G2 0 meeting in Hamburg on Friday.
Asked by reporters if he expected Mexico to finance international borders wall, Trump responded: Utterly. Pea Nieto sat quietly next to him.
The assembling the first between the two leaders since Trump took office again highlighted Trumps insensitivities toward Mexico, while Pea Nietos passivity brought back bad caches for many Mexicans.
Trump travelled to Mexico City when his campaign was sagging last-place August, and embarrassed Pea Nieto in the presidential palace by speaking publicly of his plans for barricade of the frontier. The Mexican president was fiercely criticized for failing to contradict Trump.
Earlier this year, the Mexican government announced that the two presidents had agreed not to talk in public about the wall a administer that Trump has status in the breach.
Trumps obvious inability to talk to Pea Nieto without offending Mexico, and the Mexican presidents supposed unwillingness to push back, have infuriated countless Mexicans.
Carlos Bravo Regidor, a prof at the Centre for Teaching and Research in Economics in Mexico City, read: Trump broke the deal they had of not talking about the wall in public. And Pea Nieto should have called him, right there, to his face on. He didnt.
Trump is a bully, but Pea Nieto is a coward.
Jorge Ramos, the Univision anchor whom Trump expelled from a news conference during the campaign, tweeted: Trump pronounces again that Mexico will pay for the wall. When will[ Pea Nieto] dare to say to his front and in public that Mexico will not offer?
Leon Krauze, a foremost Mexican journalist, differentiated Pea Nietos practice with that of the French chairwoman Emanuel Macron, who greeted Trump with a white-knuckle handshake. Macron understood what EPN did not: in the face of Trumps schoolyard diplomacy, you have to act firmly in public. What weighs is what is visible, he tweeted.
The two presidents were scheduled to meet 31 January in Washington, but Pea Nieto cancelled the visit after Trump tweeted his Mexican counterpart shouldnt bother returning if the wall wasnt on the orders of the day.
Before Trumps inauguration, Mexico had dreaded the most difficult from a Trump administration, but up to now, it has not experienced the disaster numerous had anticipated.
The Mexican peso collapsed after Trumps election victory, but has hastened back in 2017 as investors increasingly feel the president is insufficient to reenact his protectionism.
In a television address registered before he headed to the G20, Trump echoed previous threat to tear up the Nafta free trade agreement: We are following a total renegotiation of Nafta. And if we dont get onto we will complete the hell is discontinue Nafta forever.
Nafta negotiations are scheduled to start in August but despite Trumps menaces, expectancies are the treaty is likely to be tweaked rather than concluded which are likely excuse Pea Nietos seeming eagerness to eschew open hostility.
This government has decided to defend Nafta at any expense, including our honour, spoke Brenda Estefan, a foreign policy analyst.
Still, many in Mexico uttered fury with trying to conciliate a president some historians have called the biggest foreign threat to Mexico since President James Polk, generator of the Mexican-American war.
Pea Nieto tweeted afterward to say he had had a productive had met with Trump, in which they inspected advances in movement, security and economic development.
In a radio interrogation, Mexicos foreign minister, Luis Videgaray, described the meeting as affectionate and respectful and said the wall was not discussed.
He said of Trumps observes: I didnt her it. Pea also didnt hear it.