Trump detail fixed on Mexico’s praise
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.
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