WASHINGTON, D.C.: President Donald Trump will receive his Mexican counterpart Enrique Pena Nieto on January 31, the White House said Saturday (Sunday in Manila).
The two spoke by phone earlier in the day and agreed to meet for talks on trade, immigration and security, press secretary Sean Spicer said.
He mistakenly gave Pena Nieto’s title as prime minister instead of president.
Trump has vowed to build a wall along the US border with Mexico to keep out migrants and make Mexico pay for it.
He has also said he wants to deport millions of immigrants in the US illegally, many of whom are Mexican, and renegotiate—or, failing that, scrap—the North American Free Trade Agreement bringing together the US, Mexico and Canada.
The Mexican president’s office said that in Saturday’s conversation, Nieto congratulated Trump on becoming head of state in a phone call in which both agreed to open “new dialogue.”
Mexico sends 85 percent of its exports to the United States under NAFTA and thus been rattled by Trump’s repeated vows to review or repeal the trade pact, and to build a wall on the border.