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Mexico Refutes Versions of Trump's Military Threats

03 February 2017

The new president of US, Donald Trump has threatened to send US troops to Mexico to deal with "bad hombre down there" in a call with President Enrique Pena Nieto.

A summit between Trump and Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto that had been planned for January was canceled after Trump tweeted that it would be better for the Mexican leader not to come to the summit if Mexico would not pay for the wall. "Our military isn't, so I just might send them down to take care of it", Trump was quoted as saying by AP.

Trump also clashed with the Mexican leader over USA plans to construct a border wall between the nations, prompting the Pena Nieto to cancel a scheduled trip to Washington.

A Mexican media outlet also reported about the call, and said it was humiliating to Nieto.

"It is absolutely false that the president of the United States threatened to send troops to Mexico", the spokesman said.

Afterwards, Pena Nieto canceled his trip to the U.S. that had been scheduled for January 31, while Trump said he would be unable to visit Mexico if its leadership refuses to pay for the wall. The entire planet is along for the ride, and if recent reports are any indication, all it takes is a phone call from Trump to touch off some sort of Armando Iannucci set piece.

In a transcript of part of the phone call, leaked from an unknown source, Trump is his usual bullish self. However, Trump's commitment to the tax has since been rolled back, with White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer telling reporters an import tax was just one of several options being considered.

"You have a bunch of bad hombres down there", Trump allegedly said to the Mexican leader.

In an April 2011 interview, President Donald Trump said he'd put the American military on the border to stop illegal immigration.

If confirmed, the report would contradict the tone of the conversation that was reported in near identical statements issued by the two governments last Friday.

Trump first used the catch phrase "bad hombres" - Spanish for "bad men" - during one of the presidential debates to describe bad people bringing drugs from Mexico.

It was not clear who represented the Mexican government, but Mexico's Foreign Ministry said that Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray was not present.

Mexico Refutes Versions of Trump's Military Threats