President Trump declares that Mexico should "absolutely" pay for border wall

Friday's meeting was the first face-to-face the two have had in nearly a year

After a meeting between the two leaders was canceled they ended the impasse with an hour-long telephone chat in which they agreed not to speak publicly about the wall.

Trump said the two made "very good progress" during their meeting discussing NAFTA and "some other things with Mexico" during what he called a "very interesting" first day of the G20 conference.

Immigration chatter aside, Trump and Nieto reportedly had a productive meeting Friday, especially in regards to their discussions on NAFTA.

Top US and Mexican officials have sought common ground on issues such as migration and drug trafficking, even as President Donald Trump combatively repeated his vow to make Mexico pay for his planned border wall.

The meeting, the first between the two leaders since Trump took office, again highlighted Trump's insensitivities toward Mexico, while Pena Nieto's passivity brought back bad memories for many Mexicans. "It was not subject of the conversation".




Pena Nieto was scheduled to be among Trump's first global White House guests but abruptly canceled the visit after Trump moved forward with plans to construct a border wall along the U.S.

Last month Trump suggested covering the wall with solar panels and to use the energy to cover some of the construction costs. Seconds earlier, Trump had said, "It's great to be with my friend, the president of Mexico".

The visit comes as the US, Mexico and Canada prepare to begin renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) on August 16.

"Trump broke the deal they had of not talking about the wall in public", professor Carlos Bravo Regidor of the Center for Teaching and Research in Economics in Mexico City told The Guardian.

He said of Trump's comments: "I didn't hear it. Pena also didn't hear it". Nieto turned his head toward Trump, seemingly in disbelief.

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