Trump Has 'Friendly' Call with Mexican President, Demands Change
- Author: Ronnie Bowen Jan 31, 2017,
Jan 31, 2017, 0:47
U.S. President Donald Trump said he had a friendly phone call with Mexico's president on Friday but asserted he will renegotiate trade deals and other aspects of the countries' ties because Mexico has "beat us to a pulp" in the past.
"During his first week on the job, President Trump has caused serious concerns for U.S. -Mexico relations with the announcement of his intent to build a giant border wall and tax all U.S. imports from Mexico", Cuellar said.
"President Enrique Pena Nieto did not address reports that he was considering" canceling next week's visit to Washington following Trump's order to begin construction of the wall between the two countries.
Mexico must negotiate from a position of strength, he said, observing that Trump represents a major change in how politics are conducted. He also effectively closed off the United States to refugees, at least temporarily, and risked angering the Arab world by halting visas for people from seven majority Muslim nations for at least three months.
One of President Donald Trumps goals is to make the United States safer and stronger by reducing illegal immigration. "If you ever go to San Diego or even Nogales, Ariz., you'll see tunnels that we uncover on a weekly basis", the Arizona Republican said. If Congress goes along, a lot of money will be wasted, given cost estimates for the wall alone well in excess of $10 billion - but it won't be the first time the USA government has managed to misspend vast sums.
USA existing home sales hit 2016 record despite December slide
Joel Naroff, president and founder of Naroff Economic Advisors, says it is more of a sign that there are less homes to be bought. Economic analyst Geoffrey Hewings with the University of IL says a lack of inventory kept home sales from going even higher.
The plan was a centerpiece of Trump's election campaign, though he never specified how Mexico would fund the project or how he would compel payments if Pena Nieto's government refused.
The U.S. trade deficit with Mexico is was $49.2 billion in 2015, according to the U.S. Trade Representative. But Putin has also been chafing under USA and European sanctions imposed by President Obama over Russia's invasion of Crimea and the computer hacking of Democratic party email accounts during the campaign.
In a discussion with British officials, Kushner is said to have angrily denounced the United Kingdom's decision to support a U.N. Security Council resolution condemning the expansion of Israeli settlements. Look, we can not lose our companies to Mexico or any other place and then have them make the product and just send it across our borders free. That's a big reason why critics are anxious that the new president is playing with fire and may complicate a major trading arrangement for the country he now leads.
His high-profile holding in the New York Times Co, made him a target during the USA campaign, when Trump accused him of using the newspaper to try to help Democratic Party candidate Hillary Clinton.
"I think it is an error to think about boycotting companies", Mr Slim said.