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Will Trump Launch Military Action Against Mexico If They Fail To Obey?
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During a phone call with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto on Friday, President Donald Trump reportedly disparaged Mexico and threatened to use military force against the drug trade, according to Washington, DC-based journalist Dolia Estevez.
In an interview with Mexican news outlet Aristegui Noticias, Estevez, who cited sources on both sides of the call, said “it was a very offensive conversation where Trump humiliated Peña Nieto.”
Estevez said that while both the White House and the Mexican president released information about the call, both sides characterized it as a “friendly” conversation and neither revealed what was said.
Estevez said she “obtained confidential information” corroborating the content of the discussion.
“I don’t need the Mexicans, I don’t need Mexico,” Trump reportedly told the Mexican president. “We are going to build the wall and you all are going to pay for it, like it or not.”
Trump hinted that the US would force Mexico to fund the wall with a tax of 10% on Mexican exports, “and of 35% on those exports that hurt Mexico the most,” Estevez wrote in Proyecto Puente.
Prior to the call, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said Trump was considering a tax on Mexican imports to pay for the wall.
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Then-Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto shake hands at a press conference in Mexico City, August 31, 2016.
“He even complained of the bad role the [Mexican] army is playing in the fight against narco trafficking,” Estevez, who writes for Forbes and is close to Mexican journalist and anchorwoman Carmen Aristegui, said during an interview with Aristegui’s eponymous news outlet.
Trump “even suggested to [Peña Nieto] that if they are incapable of combatting [narco trafficking] he may have to send troops to assume this task,” she said.

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