"Mexico does not believe in walls. I've said time again; Mexico will not pay for any wall," he said in a video statement posted to Twitter and translated by CNN from Spanish.
Trump's response was of course all too predictable.
The U.S. has a 60 billion dollar trade deficit with Mexico. It has been a one-sided deal from the beginning of NAFTA with massive numbers...— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 26, 2017
Holy shitballs!of jobs and companies lost. If Mexico is unwilling to pay for the badly needed wall, then it would be better to cancel the upcoming meeting.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 26, 2017
So Donald Trump's vaunted negotiating technique boils down to "You do what I want or I will not invite you to my birthday party?"
President Nieto did in fact cancel his upcoming meeting with Trump, however earlier today Trump tried to spin it that the cancellation was mutually decided.
Anybody buy that?
I think our new question about Trump is to ask if there is any test of leadership that he WON'T fail?