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Mexican President: Trump Meeting 'Could Have Been Done in a Better Way'

Mexican President: Trump Meeting 'Could Have Been Done in a Better Way'

Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto (AP Photo/Rex Features)

By    |   Tuesday, 25 October 2016 03:28 PM

Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto is defending his decision to host Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump but he says the meeting was rushed and could have been done better.

The quickly arranged meeting Aug. 31 was criticized in Mexico because of the real-estate mogul's verbal attacks on Mexicans and his claim he would build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border and Mexico would pay for it.

"Could we have done things better? Maybe yes, admittedly. I think that this genuine interest to bring about a meeting to take care of Mexico's interests, I think, could have been done in a better way," the president said in a Mexican Canal 11 TV interview, Reuters reported.

"I faced a dilemma of 'yes or no' once I had made the proposal and he said 'yes.' Because, at the end of the day, it's all about ensuring the best interests of Mexico, even if it could be very controversial, as it turned out to be," Pena Nieto said.

In an interview with the La Razon, Pena Nieto said he believed he made a "rushed decision."

Both Trump and his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton, were invited, but she turned down the offer. Backlash after the visit led to the resignations of Pena Nieto's finance minister and aide Luis Videgaray, who helped set up the visit.

When he returned to the U.S., Trump said he and Pena Nieto discussed the wall, but did not discuss payment. The Mexican president tweeted, "I made it clear that Mexico will not pay for the wall."

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