Last week Donald Trump torpedoed the U.S.-Mexico relationship, forcing President Enrique Peña Nieto to cancel their meeting. Speculation buzzed as to the reasons behind his acts to sabotage cooperation with one of the U.S.’s closest allies and third-largest trade partner.
With the release of part of the phone call between Trump and Mexico’s President Enrique Peña Nieto now we know—he really does hate Mexico.
This is the phone call that supposedly patched things up after Trump’s provocations regarding forcing Mexico to pay for the border wall led to cancellation of the Jan. 31 meeting of the heads of state. Turns out the call was anything but conciliatory.
Both the Associated Press and the Mexican press published information on the call from confidential sources. Veteran Washington correspondent Dolia Estevez reported that Trump told Peña Nieto “in a threatening tone”:
I don’t need Mexicans. I don’t need Mexico. You are going to pay for the wall whether you want to or not.
Even worse, on the bullying call Trump actually threatened to send in the U.S. Army to invade Mexico if Mexico didn’t control the “bad hombres” that “massacre our people” by trafficking prohibited drugs.