Trump hails NAFTA progress, Mexico eyes general deal by end

10 July, 2017, 00:34 | Author: Lorraine Moran
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President Trump met with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto Friday and said Mexico should "absolutely" pay for Trump's proposed border wall to contain the flow of illegal immigrants, Bloomberg reported.

The two leaders met recently on the sidelines of the G20 meeting in Hamburg, Germany. Both leaders said the meeting was productive, but neither offered specific details about the discussions.

Pena Nieto tweeted later to say he had had a "productive meeting" with Trump, in which they reviewed "advances in migration, security and economic development".

The last time Trump and Pea Nieto met in person was August of a year ago, when Trump stopped in Mexico City during his presidential campaign.

Last month Trump suggested covering the wall with solar panels and to use the energy to cover some of the construction costs.

He also said the US and Mexico share a '"complex relationship" with many issues.

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Mexico and the United States will begin negotiations on a renewed North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) in August.

"The president also agreed for now to not talk publicly about this controversial issue", the statement read, according to Reuters.

As members of the media were being ushered out of the room, Darlene Superville of The Associated Press asked: "Mr. Trump, do you still want Mexico to pay for the wall?" Pena Nieto's spokesman Eduardo Sanchez called in to Mexican broadcaster Radio Formula from Hamburg, stating that the two presidents did not discuss the wall.

"I acknowledged to my counterpart that America's insatiable appetite for drugs is the cause of much of the turmoil on both sides of the border", Kelly said.

He said of Trump's comments: "I didn't hear it. Pena also didn't hear it".

Trump looked to downplay the appearance of tension in their brief encounter on Friday, calling Pena Nieto a "friend".

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