Trump Sitting Next to Nieto: 'Absolutely' Want Mexico to Pay for Wall

Speaking with reporters before a meeting with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto at the G20 Summit in Germany, President Trump said that he "absolutely" still wants Mexico to pay for the border wall.

Better late than never: President Donald Trump and Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto sat down Friday for their first face-to-face meeting since Trump took office - nearly six months later than planned.

"We've all had a very successful day and a very interesting day", Trump said before being asked about the border wall. People have debated whether he meant "there's no way" Mexico could pay for such a massive project, or if he was saying "there's no way" they would, but the gist is the same.

The issue of the wall itself has been a wildly controversial topic in American and global politics, but the most recent and significant concern has been regarding the funding of the wall, to which Trump has continuously insisted that Mexico will pay for the wall. The bilateral meeting marked the first time that the two leaders had met personally since August 2016.

Former Mexican president Vicente Fox Quesada's even turned the airwaves blue during a TV interview, when he told the then presidential hopeful: "Mexico is not going to pay for that f***king wall". Nieto turned his head toward Trump, seemingly in disbelief. President Trump thanked President Peña Nieto for Mexico's partnership on the Central America Conference last month. Let's see how it all turns out. Pena Nieto scrapped a January session after Trump tweeted that "it would be better to cancel the upcoming meeting" if Mexico remained unwilling to pay for the construction of a "badly needed" border wall between the neighboring allies and trading partners.

Pena Nieto, through a translator, said that the meeting will help the two countries continue a "flowing dialogue", in particular "for the security of both nations, especially for our borders".

  • Joey Payne