BREAKING: Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto says he has informed the White House he has canceled trip to Washington.— The Associated Press (@AP) January 26, 2017
Mexican president Enrique Peña Nieto has cancelled his planned meeting with U.S. President Trump over disagreements over who would pay for construction of a border wall.
In a tweet, Peña Nieto said his government informed the White House on Thursday morning that the meeting in Washington, planned for next Tuesday, is off.
The Mexican president’s announcement comes after President Trump warned him on Twitter early Thursday morning to stay home and skip the meeting unless Mexico is willing to fund construction of a wall.
Peña Nieto has repeatedly said Mexico has no intention of paying for a wall, and said so again in a televised address Wednesday night.
Peña Nieto was already facing pressure to boycott the meeting after Trump signed an executive order Wednesday calling for immediate construction of a border barrier. Many Mexicans viewed the timing of the announcement as a stinging insult, since it came the same day that a delegation of top Mexican officials arrived in Washington. (LaTimes)