In an interview with Fox News, President Donald Trump said that he “can’t believe” Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto would come to his White House for a meeting after he said the U.S. was going to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement.
Trump made the comment while campaigning for president, which Trump said he did not mean.
“I said I want to talk to him.
And then he came to my office, and he said, ‘I don’t think you should go,'” Trump said.
“And he said I didn’t want to come.
And I said, I didn`t have a choice.
So I said I think it`s probably a good idea.
Trump has said he does not want to renegotiate the Paris agreement and that Mexico would make an offer. “
But I said he should come to my house, and I thought he was going in a different direction.”
Trump has said he does not want to renegotiate the Paris agreement and that Mexico would make an offer.
Pena Nilsen, a leader of the country’s ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), made the same claim in an interview on Wednesday.
He called Trump`s remarks “a complete lie” in an apparent reference to the president`s assertion that he did want Pena to come to the White House to discuss climate change.
“It is a complete lie, and it was a lie.
I think the president said it.
It was a completely false statement,” PenaNilsen said.
Trump said on Tuesday that Pena could come to Trump’s White House and he would decide whether to pull out of the agreement.
“He can come to me.
He`ll make a choice, but I think he should go.
I`m not going to make a deal that is more expensive for the United States,” Trump said at a campaign rally in Phoenix.
Trump also said that Penas invitation to meet with him is a “no-brainer.”
Pena said Wednesday he is not going back to Washington to meet Trump.
“We`re going to go back to Mexico to discuss the climate and the economy.
And we`ll continue to work on the agenda,” Penas spokesperson Jose Miguel Vivanco said.
Penas office said that the invitation to Trump to visit Mexico was given to the presidential family and the White Palace.
“The president has been invited by the president of Mexico and his family to the Mexican Presidential Palace,” Vivancias office told the Associated Press news agency.