AP Reports that Donald Trump Told Mexican President In Telephone Call That U.S. Would Send Troops To “Stop the Bad Hombres Down There”
According to leaked telephone transcripts of a phone call between President Trump and Mexican Enrique Pena Nieto obtained by AP, Donald Trump threatened his Mexican counterpart with sending US Troops to stop the bad hombres.
AP editorialized regarding the transcript which has not been verified “the excerpt offers a rare and striking look at how the new president is conducting diplomacy behind closed doors. Trump’s remarks suggest he is using the same tough and blunt talk with world leaders that he used to rally crowds on the campaign trail.”
CNN followed up the AP story by speaking to the Mexican foreign minister Luis Videgaray who noted the call between Presidents Trump and Nieto was constructive. Mr. Videgaray also provided a transcript quoting Mr. Trump as saying: “You have some pretty tough hombres in Mexico that you may need help with. We are willing to help with that big-league, but they have be knocked out and you have not done a good job knocking them out.”
CNN noted that language differed from the internal read out the AP cited indicating President’s hostile and threatening tone.. Mr. Videgaray added the characterization that Donald Trump threatened to send troops unilaterally “was … nothing close to reality.”
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