Dolia Estevez, a Mexican journalist based in Washington DC, claimed in an interview with Aristegui news service of Mexico that President Donald Trump spoke to Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto on January 27 and threatened to military force against the drug trade. In addition, the Washington Post cited Associated Press sources saying that Trump threatened to send troops to Mexico to stop "bad hombres down there" unless the Mexican military controls them. AP claims to have seen a transcript of the conversation. 
 
The excerpt did not include a response from Pena, nor did it specify who are the "bad hombres." 
 
The phone call between the leaders was intended to patch things up between the new president and his ally. The two have had a series of public spats over Trump's determination to have Mexico pay for the planned border wall, something Mexico steadfastly refuses to agree to.
 
 
The AP transcript quotes Trump using his signature blunt talk : "You have a bunch of bad hombres down there." He supposedly added that the Mexican military is “scared.” Trump said, “Our military isn't, so I just might send them down to take care of it."
 
A person with access to the official transcript of the phone call provided an excerpt to The Associated Press. The person gave it on condition of anonymity because the administration did not make the details of the call public.
 
The Mexican Foreign Ministry has denied the accounts of the phone call, while noting that it “is based on absolute falsehoods." The ministry said that the tone of the conversation was constructive. Both presidents agreed that they would move forward towards bringing the North American Free Trade Agreement up to date.
 
Estevez said she "obtained confidential information" that corroborated the contents of the presidential conversation. "I don't need the Mexicans. I don't need Mexico," Trump supposedly told the Mexican president. "We are going to build the wall and you all are going to pay for it, like it or not."


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Spero News editor Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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