Trump de­tail fixed on Mex­ico’s praise

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - INTERNATIONAL -

WASH­ING­TON — The White House con­ceded Wed­nes­day that Mex­i­can Pres­i­dent En­rique Pena Ni­eto did not call Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump to praise his im­mi­gra­tion poli­cies, as Trump had claimed.

Speak­ing at a White House brief­ing, spokesman Sarah Huck­abee San­ders said the topic had come up — but in a con­ver­sa­tion Trump and Pena Ni­eto had at the re­cent Group of 20 world lead­ers sum­mit in Ger­many.

Trump “was ref­er­enc­ing a con­ver­sa­tion that they had had at the G-20 sum­mit where they specif­i­cally talked about the is­sues that he ref­er­enced,” she said, clar­i­fy­ing com­ments Trump had made Mon­day when he claimed Pena Ni­eto had called him to offer com­pli­ments and said fewer peo­ple were il­le­gally en­ter­ing Mex­ico through its south­ern bor­der be­cause of the re­duc­tion in U.S.-Mex­ico bor­der cross­ings.

Mex­ico’s for­eign re­la­tions depart­ment said Pena Ni­eto re­marked to Trump dur­ing a July 7 meet­ing at the G-20 sum­mit that de­por­ta­tions of Mex­i­cans from the United States had fallen 31 per­cent between Jan­uary and June com­pared with 2016. The Mex­i­can leader and his aides re­counted his re­marks as less as praise and more as a state­ment of fact.

AP/JORGE SAENZ

Farm­ers from north­ern Paraguay protest Wed­nes­day in down­town Asun­cion, Paraguay. Farm­ers have been camp­ing out in protest since July 10, de­mand­ing the gov­ern­ment for­give debt they ac­cu­mu­lated when the har­vest failed due to lack of rain and in­tense cold.

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