President Donald Trump said at the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany, on Friday that he “absolutely” wants Mexico to pay for the border wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. It wasn’t Trump’s actual statement that drew attention, though. It was where he said it.
While Trump was seated next to Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, one reporter shouted out a question to Trump.
“Mr. President, do you still want Mexico to pay for the wall?” the reporter asked. Trump didn’t hesitate to answer, despite his company.
“Absolutely,” Trump replied, while keeping with a familiar line from throughout the 2016 presidential campaign in which Trump vowed to “build a wall” and “make Mexico pay for it.”
It is unclear as to whether Peña Nieto heard the question that was being asked. The Mexican president did not react as Trump responded.
President Trump says he “absolutely” wants Mexico to pay for U.S.-Mexico border wall while sitting alongside Mexican President Peña Nieto. pic.twitter.com/AYO6kt80zh
— ABC News (@ABC) July 7, 2017
It wasn’t the first time that Trump and Peña Nieto have met. It was the first time, however, that Trump has met the Mexican leader as president.
In August 2016, Trump traveled to Mexico City to meet with Peña Nieto. There, the two discussed Trump’s proposed border wall.
After Trump had left Mexico, Peña Nieto tweeted that he “”made it clear” to Trump” during their discussions that Mexico would not pay for the wall.
Al inicio de la conversación con Donald Trump dejé claro que México no pagará por el muro.
— Enrique Peña Nieto (@EPN) August 31, 2016
Trump met Peña Nieto face-to-face Friday for the first time since becoming president.
Their greeting came around the same time that Trump met with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the G20 summit.
Trump called it “an honor” to meet the man whom most U.S. intelligence officials believe meddled in the 2016 U.S. elections.
“It’s an honor to be with you,” Trump told Putin Friday. Trump then turned and addressed the media.
“President Putin and I have been discussing various things, and I think it’s going very well,” Trump said, according to The Hill. “We’ve had some very good talks. We’re going to have a talk now, and obviously that will continue, but we look forward to a lot of very positive things happening for Russia, the United States and for everybody concerned.”
Putin replied by saying that he was “delighted” to meet Trump and that he hopes their meeting will “yield positive results.”
(H/T: The Hill)