Seated in identical white chairs, President Donald Trump and President of Mexico Enrique Peña Nieto answered reporters’ questions at the G20 Summit in Germany. Trump said that they are “negotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and some other things with Mexico.” While the Mexican head of state sat next to him, Trump answered “Absolutely!” when asked if he still expects Mexico to pay for the construction of the border wall.

In statements before the bilateral meeting, Trump said, “It’s great to be with my friend, the President of Mexico.  And we’re negotiating NAFTA and some other things with Mexico, and we’ll see how it all turns out.  But I think we’ve made very good progress.” Nieto expressed thanks for being granted the time to speak with Trump. He said, as interpreted, “I have truly (inaudible) help us continue a very flowing dialogue that will allow us, of course, for the negotiation of NAFTA; to continue working in terms of cooperation, especially for security, for the security of both nations, especially in our borders; and, of course, also working on migration issues, which is a task that both of our nations are occupied, and our administrations are occupied with this issue as well.”

Trump was accompanied by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster, Senior Adviser Jared Kushner, and NEC Director Gary Cohn. 

After the meeting, the White House provided a readout:

“President Donald J. Trump met today with President Enrique Peña Nieto of Mexico during the G20 Summit in Hamburg, Germany.  President Trump emphasized the strong bilateral relationship that the United States enjoys with Mexico and noted the importance of renegotiating NAFTA to help workers in both countries.  President Trump thanked President Peña Nieto for Mexico’s partnership on the Central America Conference last month.  The leaders also discussed regional challenges, including drug trafficking, illegal migration, and the crisis in Venezuela.”



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Spero News writer 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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