Mexico City, D.F. — A recent claim by US president Donald Trump has been disclaimed by Mexico president, Enrique Peña Nieto.
The Foreign Ministry of Mexico has rejected the claim by Donald Trump that he recently had a telephone conversation with the president of Mexico, where they discussed immigration and Enrique Peña Nieto paid Donald Trump “the ultimate compliment.”
Through an information note, the Mexican government said that the last conversation between the two leaders took place on July 7 in Hamburg, Germany on the occasion of the G-20 Summit. The agency said that in the conversation, the issue of migration was addressed by both leaders.
“President Enrique Peña Nieto shared that repatriations of Mexican citizens from the United States have decreased by 31 percent (for the period from January to June of 2017, compared to the same period last year) and that during the same semester the migration to Mexico from Central and South America has declined by 47 percent, in its annual comparison,” the statement said.
In a televised press release, Trump said “As you know, the border was a tremendous problem,” claiming new immigration figures to have decreased by 80 percent and referring to Peña Nieto’s congratulatory phone call as “the ultimate compliment” in regard to Tump’s immigration policy.
Trump said that the Mexican president also stressed that the US immigration policy has led to the reduction of people crossing into Mexico from Guatemala and Belize.
“The president of Mexico called me, they said that on their southern border very few people are coming because they know they will not pass through our border, which is the ultimate compliment,” he said.