Trump, Mexican President Peña Nieto Share Phone Call Amid Border Tensions

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Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto and his us counterpart Donald Trump on Friday agreed to keep a bitter and ongoing dispute over a border wall project out of the public realm, the office of the presidency said.

The controversy over the border wall has been a feature of Trump's relationship with Mexico, since he first announced his presidential bid in June 2015 with a plan to build the wall and force Mexico to pay for it.

Mexico and the United States will be stuck at an impasse unless they solve U.S. President Donald Trump's "unacceptable" demand of payment for a border wall, Economy Minister Ildefonso Guajardo said on Friday.

Mexico and the USA will be stuck at an impasse unless they solve Mr Trump's "unacceptable" demand of payment for the border wall, Mexico's Economy Minister Ildefonso Guajardo said.

The White House would not disclose who initiated the phone call nor whether the issue of Trump's plans to build a wall along the U.S. -Mexico border and compel Mexico to foot the bill for its construction was raised.

On Thursday, the White House said Trump has a "buffet of options" on how to get Mexico to pay for the wall.

That Peña Nieto canceled next week's meeting with Trump exemplifies that, he reportedly said.

While the White House later backtracked, saying the tax was just one idea on the table, members of the president's own party spoke out.

Following Peña Nieto's comment, Trump tweeted early Thursday that "If Mexico is unwilling to pay for the badly needed wall, then it would be better to cancel the upcoming meeting".

In 2017, the U.S.is expected to get about 80% of its avocado supply from its southern neighbor, according to Tom Bellamore, president of the California Avocado Commission.

Trump added, "As you know, Mexico with the United States has out-negotiated us and beat us to a pulp through our past leaders".

The United States runs a $58.8 billion trade deficit with Mexico, according to the latest USA government figures. However, Trump has previously spoken about a "big border tax" that is much more targeted and focused, as Howard Gleckman of the Tax Policy Center pointed out.