Donald Trump spoke to the President of Mexico on Friday and threatened to send U.S. troops to take care of “the bad hombres” if Mexico didn’t take care of the drug cartels.
According to transcripts obtained by the Associated Press, Trump spoke with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto on Friday. And the call could be seen as nothing short of bullying and threatening to our neighbors to the south.
Dolia Estevez, a Forbes journalist, had access to the transcripts and corroborated the story with multiple sources on both sides of the conversation. Estevez told the Mexican publication Aristegui Live that “it was a very offensive conversation where Trump humiliated Pena Nieto.”
Estevez said that even though both Trump and Nieto claimed it was a “friendly” conversation, the transcripts say otherwise. Neither leader put out any details about what was actually said.
Trump reportedly told the Mexican President,
“I don’t need the Mexicans. I don’t need Mexico. We are going to build the wall and you all are going to pay for it, like it or not.”
Trump told Pena Nieto that Mexico would pay for the wall with a 10% tax on Mexican exports “and 35% on those exports that hurt Mexico the most.”
Mexican journalist and anchorwoman Carmen Aristegui said that Trump even threatened to send U.S. troops because the Mexican army wasn’t sufficiently taking care of the drug problem.
“[Trump] even suggested to [Peña Nieto] that if they are incapable of combating [narco trafficking] he may have to send troops to assume this task.”
Estevez added that “[Trump] said he would not permit the drugs coming from Mexico to continue massacring our cities.”
The AP reports that Trump said,
“You have a bunch of bad hombres down there. You aren’t doing enough to stop them. I think your military is scared. Our military isn’t, so I just might send them down to take care of it.”
Trump even went so far as to say to the Mexican President, “I really didn’t want to go to Mexico last August.”
“Peña Nieto was accompanied on the call by people from his country’s foreign ministry, while Trump was joined by “the famous son-in-law,” likely meaning senior adviser Jared Kushner, and chief strategist Steven Bannon. Kushner is reportedly close to Mexican Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray, and they were seen as the likely go-betweens for the two governments.”
And Time reports,
“The U.S. and Mexico conduct some $1.6 billion a day in cross-border trade, and cooperate on everything from migration to anti-drug enforcement to major environmental issues.
Trump tasked his son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner — a real estate executive with no foreign policy experience — with managing the ongoing dispute.”
UPDATE: Thursday morning Trump confirmed the story. He said, “When you hear about the tough phone calls I’m having- don’t worry about it. Just don’t worry about it. We have to be tough.”