The Mexican government says President Enrique Pena Nieto did not call U.S. President Donald Trump to compliment his immigration policies that lowered levels of illegal immigration on Mexico’s southern border, as Trump had claimed during a Cabinet meeting.
Mexico’s Foreign Relations Department said in a statement late Monday that Pena Nieto has not spoken with Trump since the G-20 summit last month.
“Even the president of Mexico called me,” Trump said at a Cabinet meeting. “They said their southern border, very few people are coming because they know they’re not going to get through our border, which is the ultimate compliment.”
Mexico’s government fired back at the White House on Wednesday, saying that the Peña Nieto “has not had any recent telephone communication with President Donald Trump.”
According to the AP report, Peña Nieto and Trump last spoke about immigration during their meeting at the G-20 summit.
The Hill adds:
During that conversation, Peña Nieto reportedly told Trump that deportations of Mexicans from the United States had fallen 31 percent in the first few months of Trump’s presidency from the same period last year. He also remarked that Central American migrants entering Mexico illegally had also fallen during this period.
Trump has remained critical of Mexico, which he targeted as a presidential candidate, since his inauguration. In June, he ripped Mexico’s government on Twitter, tweeting out a report that names it the second-deadliest country in the world, behind only Syria.