Ever since candidate Donald Trump announced that if elected president of the United States he would build a border wall and get Mexico to pay for it, this country’s chief executive, Enrique Peña Nieto, has vigorously avowed that not one centavo will be contributed toward its cost.
There has been absolute unanimity across party lines on the issue of the proposed wall and repudiation at the repeated threats to force Mexico to foot the bill.
Therefore it was not surprising that this week’s release of a leaked transcript of a phone call Trump had with Peña Nieto shortly after he took office in January revealed that the Mexican president had not changed his point of view on the wall.
What is curious from the transcripts, published Thursday by the Washington Post, is that Trump made attempts to persuade his Mexican counterpart to stop saying publicly that Mexico would not pay for the wall.
At one point in the conversation, Peña Nieto tells the U.S.. president, “My position has been and will continue to be very firm saying that Mexico cannot pay for that wall.”