Mexico President Enrique Pena Nieto canceled his plans to meet with President Trump in the aftermath of the latter's ongoing tweets demanding Mexico pay for a border wall. However, according to Mr. Trump, who spoke Thursday in Philadelphia, his first official visit and flight on Air Force One, it was he who decided to call off the meeting.
Is that an alternate reality?
Maybe not--Trump said in an early Thursday message that Nieto should cancel the visit to Washington if Mexico refuses to pay for the wall he has ordered to be constructed along the border and which he sees as a major campaign promise that he needs to deliver.
Nieto fired his own salvo on Twitter after Trump again called for Mexico to pay for the wall. He received a ton of calls to cancel the meeting.
Nieto said that Mexico doesn't believe in walls and this may be due to their willingness to allow their people to illegally enter the United States. A wall will put a damper on that.
"We have informed the White House that I will not attend the working meeting planned for next Tuesday with @POTUS," Nieto tweeted. "Mexico reiterates its willingness to work with the United States to reach agreements that favor both nations."
Relations with Mexico aren't at its best right now since Trump's campaign characterized Mexican migrants as murderers and rapists (although Trump admitted that "some" are good people).
Trump already signed the executive order for construction of the wall on the same day his aides spoke with Mexico's foreign minister.
After Nieto tweeted, the Mexican peso fell another 1 percent from an already deflated value.