Donald Trump and Enrique Pena Nieto, the respective Presidents of the USA and Mexico, are reinventing decades of foreign policy protocols — on Twitter.
Trump’s campaign was predicated on the belief that a contiguous wall would be built along the US-Mexico border and that Mexico would pay for it.
Nieto said that his country will not pay.
Fast forward to January 26, 2017 on the sixth day of the Trump Administration when Trump tweeted.
of jobs and companies lost. If Mexico is unwilling to pay for the badly needed wall, then it would be better to cancel the upcoming meeting.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 26, 2017
Nieto was quick to respond.
Esta mañana hemos informado a la Casa Blanca que no asistiré a la reunión de trabajo programada para el próximo martes con el @POTUS.
— Enrique Peña Nieto (@EPN) January 26, 2017
Translated from the Spanish: This morning we have informed the White House that I will not attend the meeting scheduled for next Tuesday with the @POTUS.
Several hours later, Trump spoke to Republican members of Congress and said that it was a mutual decision.
— CSPAN (@cspan) January 26, 2017
Reporters quickly tweeted his words and their own words for what will become TV and printed stories about this latest development. I don’t know if Trump and Nieto are saying the same thing in their own words; or if Trump is (once again) presenting doublethink to the people.
This is not normal. This is the new normal.
Trump says he and EPN: “have agreed to cancel our planned meeting”
— Zeke Miller (@ZekeJMiller) January 26, 2017
“The president of Mexico and myself have agreed to cancel our planned meeting.” — President Trump
— Matt Viser (@mviser) January 26, 2017
Trump: “The president of Mexico and myself HAVE AGREED TO CANCEL our planned meeting.”
— Eli Stokols (@EliStokols) January 26, 2017
Trump claims that he and the president of Mexico have “agreed” to cancel their meeting. Not how the Mexican president put it
— Edward-Isaac Dovere (@IsaacDovere) January 26, 2017
.@POTUS says he and Mexican president “have agreed” to cancel their meeting next week. That’s not quite how it unfolded…
— Jeff Zeleny (@jeffzeleny) January 26, 2017
Trump says that unless Mexico treats America fairly, he has no other choice but to go a different way
— Charlie Spiering (@charliespiering) January 26, 2017
— Jeff Mason (@jeffmason1) January 26, 2017
TRUMP: “Unless Mexico is going to treat the United States fairly, with respect, such a meeting will be fruitless.”
— Kevin Cirilli (@kevcirilli) January 26, 2017
Trump now says that he and the Mexican president “agreed” to cancel their meeting.
— Annie Linskey (@AnnieLinskey) January 26, 2017
Trump says he and @EPN have “agreed” to cancel their meeting next week.
— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) January 26, 2017
Mexico’s president canceled the meeting with Trump. Trump says they “have agreed to cancel our planned meeting.”
— Josh Dawsey (@jdawsey1) January 26, 2017
The way Trump frames it: He and EPN “agreed to cancel our planned meeting”
— Jordan Fabian (@Jordanfabian) January 26, 2017
“The president of Mexico and myself have agreed to cancel” Trump sells the meeting cancellation next week.
— Shane Goldmacher (@ShaneGoldmacher) January 26, 2017
Trump says he and Mexico agreed to cancel the meeting. Together.
— Kristin Donnelly (@kristindonnelly) January 26, 2017
Pres Trump in Philly: “The President of Mexico and myself have agreed to cancel out meeting” next week– @EPN didn’t make it sound mutual
— Jared Rizzi (@JaredRizzi) January 26, 2017
— Cindy Saine (@cindysaine) January 26, 2017