On Thursday morning, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto canceled a January 31 meeting with President Trump over continued back and forth regarding the construction and payment of a border wall that would bar entry into the U.S., The Washington Post reports.
The announcement comes after Peña Nieto’s Wednesday recorded message to Trump’s administration voicing his disapproval over two executive orders Trump signed that would ramp up efforts to build the wall and lead to a significant crackdown on illegal immigration. In the same message, Peña Nieto made it clear he had every intention of attending the scheduling meeting.
However, Peña Nieto may have had a change of heart after Trump tweeted that the meeting may as well be canceled if the Mexican government continues to refuse funding for the wall.
Mexico and the United States have enjoyed an amicable relationship, but Trump’s presidency and his continued efforts to make Mexico pay for the wall risks their alliance.
The Post writes:
“The growing conflict between the United States and Mexico has quickly deteriorated since Trump took power. Trump has proposed several policies that Mexico opposes, including the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement, increased deportations, and the border wall.
Peña Nieto and other Mexican officials repeatedly condemned the idea of a border wall — one of Trump’s signature promises and a rallying cry for his supporters — during last year’s U.S. presidential campaign. Since Trump’s election, Peña Nieto has insisted that Mexico won’t pay for the wall, casting the issue as a matter of dignity and principle for the nation.”
On Thursday, the AP reported Mark Morgan, the chief of U.S. Border Patrol, left the agency in charge of securing America’s borders between Mexico and Canada. His departure occurred less than 24 hours after Trump’s announcement he will begin construction on the wall at the Mexican border.
Morgan’s departure follows a separate Thursday morning announcement that several top State Department officials resigned from their posts.
This is a developing story.