Mexico's president cancels meeting with President Trump after border wall executive order

Peña Nieto tweets, "We have informed the White House that I will not attend the meeting scheduled for next Tuesday"

Published January 26, 2017 1:30PM (EST)

 (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)
(AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)

President Enrique Peña Nieto of Mexico is telling America's new president, Donald Trump, that he is not going to meet with him as scheduled on Tuesday.

The translation of that tweet is  "This morning we have informed the White House that I will not attend the meeting scheduled for next Tuesday with the @POTUS."

This tweet was issued only a few hours after President Trump essentially dared him to cancel the meeting.

America has enjoyed a very close relationship with Mexico since World War II. Mexico is currently America's third largest trading partner, after Canada and China, as well as its second largest export market.

The two nations work have a number of mutually held security concerns, ranging from fighting organized crime to protecting their respective borders from terrorism.

That said, Trump's unpopularity in Mexico has been so intense that, in September when Trump met with President Peña Nieto, he faced a severe Mexican backlash for the perceived humiliation of having agreed to the encounter.

During that meeting, the Mexican president made clear the position he's reiterating now.

The meaning of his tweet in plain English?

"At the beginning of the conversation with Donald Trump, I made clear that Mexico will not pay for the wall."

By Matthew Rozsa

Matthew Rozsa is a staff writer for Salon. He holds an MA in History from Rutgers University-Newark and is ABD in his PhD program in History at Lehigh University. His work has appeared in Mic, Quartz and MSNBC.

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