An excerpted transcript of a phone call between President Donald Trump and Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto suggests the U.S. leader has threatened Mexico with military intervention, according to a report Wednesday night from The Associated Press.
The news organization obtained the call transcript in which Trump allegedly told Pena Nieto, “You have a bunch of bad hombres down there. You aren’t doing enough to stop them. I think your military is scared. Our military isn’t, so I just might send them down to take care of it.”
The call between the two leaders took place Friday and was apparently intended to smooth relations, according to The Associated Press.
A White House spokesman did not respond to the AP’s requests for comment, and the Mexican Foreign Relations Department told the news agency, “The negative statements you refer to did not occur during said telephone call. On the contrary, the tone was constructive.”
The call transcript was an excerpt and did not contain Pena Nieto’s response to the alleged Trump threat, according to The Associated Press.
“The Mexican website Aristegui Noticias on Tuesday published a similar account of the phone call, based on the reporting of journalist Dolia Estevez. The report described Trump as humiliating Pena Nieto in a confrontational conversation,” The Associated Press reported.
A person with access to the official transcript provided the excerpt on condition of anonymity, according to The Associated Press.
It’s unclear in what context Trump was speaking, but the two leaders have bickered over Trump’s “border wall,” with Pena Nieto insisting Mexico will not pay for it.
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