A newly published report by The Washington Post includes entire transcripts of President Donald Trump’s conversations with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.
In his conversation with Peña Nieto, Trump’s primary focus seems to be the messaging regarding U.S.-Mexico relations instead of actual policy.
For example, when Peña Nieto continued his assurance that Mexico would not pay for a wall on the border with the United States, Trump responded, “You cannot say that to the press.”
According to the report, Trump tried to convince Peña Nieto that the two leaders could say that funding will be worked out in “the formula somehow.”
Additionally, the president said:
“…[I]f you are going to say that Mexico is not going to pay for the wall, then I do not want to meet with you guys anymore because I cannot live with that.”
Trump also told the Mexican president that the wall is “the least important thing we are talking about, but politically this might be the most important.”
Indeed, the president made reference to a specific example has to why he believes he won a particular state’s primary: his big promises on combating the issue of inbound drugs from Mexico.
“I won New Hampshire because New Hampshire is a drug-infested den,” Trump said.