Mexico’s President Cancels Meeting With Trump Over Wall

*Why you should read this: Because this is a very good blow-by-blow account of how  U.S.-Mexico relations came to this. Because president Trump is changing our politics and international relations faster than anyone anticipated. VL


By Azam Ahmed, The New York Times  (2.5 minute read) 

[tweet_dis]The president of Mexico said on Thursday that he was canceling his scheduled meeting with President Donald J. Trump in Washington next week[/tweet_dis], rejecting the visit after the new American leader ordered a border wall between the two nations.

The move by Mexico’s president, Enrique Peña Nieto, brings to a head the simmering tensions that have been building for months between the two nations. After calling for dialogue in the face of Mr. Trump’s vows to build a wall, Mr. Peña Nieto ultimately bowed to public pressure in Mexico to respond more forcefully to his northern neighbor.

[pullquote]It is an unprecedented moment for the bilateral relationship.” -Genaro Lozano, professor at the Iberoamerican University in Mexico City.[/pullquote]

The decision to cancel the meeting was the result of a remarkable back-and-forth between the two sparring leaders, much of it delivered on Twitter.

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On Wednesday, the new American president signed an executive order to beef up the nation’s deportation force and start construction on a new wall along the border.

Adding to the perceived insult was the timing of the order: It came on the first day of talks between top Mexican officials and their counterparts in Washington, and just days before the meeting between the two presidents.

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