mishtalk.com / Mike “Mish” Shedlock / January 27, 2017 5:19:41
One day after Mexican president Peña Nieto cancelled a meeting with Donald Trump, the pair had a “Fence-Mending Phone Conversation”.
In their respective statements, the White House and the Mexican president’s office said the two heads of state had a “constructive” and “productive” conversation that touched on the U.S. trade deficit with Mexico, the importance of the friendship between the two nations, and the need to cooperate to halt the traffic of illegal drugs and weapons.
The Mexican government’s statement also said: “The presidents also agreed for now not to talk publicly about this controversial issue.”
White House officials did not respond to requests to clarify whether Mr. Trump indeed agreed not to speak publicly about Mexico possibly paying for the wall.
Such a commitment from Mr. Trump would be remarkable for the outspoken president, given that his promise to build a wall, and have Mexico pay for it, was a signature fixture of his campaign for the White House and has dominated the first days of his presidency.