Carlos Slim

Trump and Mexican president talk on the phone in an effort to defuse tensions

Trump and Mexican president talk on the phone in an effort to defuse tensions

Amid an escalating crisis between neighboring nations, President Trump and Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto had  a “constructive” and “productive” telephone conversation early Friday.

The two presidents spoke for about an hour, according to near-identical official statements from both presidential press offices.

The conversation seemed a clear effort to tone down rising tensions a day after Mexico’s leader canceled plans to meet with Trump in Washington, D.C., next week. Peña Nieto scrapped the visit following Trump’s insistence that Mexico foot the bill to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.

The two presidents “had a productive and...

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