UPDATE: Trump always has to get the last word. Since Nieto canceled the meeting this morning, Trump is threatening 20 % tariff on Mexican imports. This of course would mean higher prices for consumers. Mexico is America’s second largest customer for the export of our goods. If they imposed a tariff on us in retaliation, which can be expected, once again it would be American citizens who suffer for it.
“Mexico offers and demands respect, as the fully sovereign Nation we are.” said Mexican President, Pena Nieto on Twitter last night. To reinforce his statement, this morning he cancelled a meeting with Trump that was scheduled for next Tuesday.
Trump must have thought that being a jackass aka “politically incorrect” would work in international relations. Apparantly not. Nieto clearly stated last year that Mexico would not pay for the wall and he hasn’t changed his mind.
But naturally, after Nieto informed the White House that he would not be attending the meeting, Trump tweeted “If Mexico is unwilling to pay for the badly needed wall, then it would be better to cancel the upcoming meeting.”
Gracias Presidente Nieto. ¡America te saluda!
This morning we informed the White House that I will not attend the scheduled work meeting for next Tuesday with @POTUS.
Mexico reiterates its willingness to work with the United States to reach agreements on behalf of both nations.
La delegación mexicana en Washington sigue trabajando. Luego de su reporte final, y previa consulta con @senadomexicano y @CONAGO_oficial…
The Mexican delegation in Washington is still at work. After their final report, and after consultation with @senadomexicano and @CONAGO_oficial …
Enrique Peña Nieto @EPN 15h15 hours ago
…tomaré la decisión sobre los siguientes pasos a seguir en nuestra agenda bilateral.
México ofrece y exige respeto, como la Nación plenamente soberana que somos.
Refrendamos nuestra amistad con el pueblo de EE.UU. y voluntad para llegar a acuerdos con su gobierno. Acuerdos en favor de los mexicanos.
We reaffirm our friendship with the people of the United States. And our willingness to reach agreements with its government. Agreements in favor of Mexicans.
The U.S. has a 60 billion dollar trade deficit with Mexico. It has been a one-sided deal from the beginning of NAFTA with massive numbers…
of jobs and companies lost. If Mexico is unwilling to pay for the badly needed wall, then it would be better to cancel the upcoming meeting.