Mexico publicly called out Trump and it was incredible

Louis Dor
Thursday 03 August 2017 12:15
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Earlier this week, United States President Donald Trump claimed a number of bizarre things in an interview with the editor-in-chief of the Wall Street Journal.

One of these was that he had not received negative comments about his overtly political speech to the Boys Scouts of America Jamboree:

Gerard Baker quoted the President as saying:

I’d be the first to admit mixed. I’m a guy that will tell you mixed. There was no mix there.

That was a standing ovation from the time I walked out to the time I left, and for five minutes after I had already gone. There was no mix.

He had, in fact, been widely criticised.

Regardless, Trump continued:

And I got a call from the head of the Boy Scouts saying it was the greatest speech that was ever made to them, and they were very thankful.

So there was — there was no mix.

The Boy Scouts of America told TIME magazine that they were unaware of any call from national leadership placed to the White House, and referred to a 27 July statement from Michael Surbaugh, Chief Scout Executive for the Boy Scouts of America, who said of Trump's speech:

For years, people have called upon us to take a position on political issues, and we have steadfastly remained non-partisan and refused to comment on political matters.

We sincerely regret that politics were inserted into the Scouting program.

White House press-spokesperson Sarah Huckabee Sanders later confirmed no call had been placed, but that "multiple members of the Boy Scout leadership" had "offered quite powerful compliments."

I wouldn’t say it was a lie. That’s a pretty bold accusation. The conversations took place, they just simply didn’t take place over a phone call … he had them in person.

Trump said in a Cabinet meeting later this week:

As you know, the border was a tremendous problem and they’re close to 80 percent stoppage.

Even the President of Mexico called me.

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.

On Wednesday, Mexico's Government replied that the leaders' last contact was at the G20 summit in Hamburg.

The AP reported Mexico's foreign ministry as saying in a statement that President Enrique Peña Nieto

has not recently spoken to President Donald Trump over the telephone.

The statement read:

During the meeting the two heads of State held last July 7th in Hamburg, Germany, the topic of migration was a topic of conversation approached by both.

President Peña Nieto shared that repatriations of Mexican nationals from the United States had fallen 31 per cent between January and June 2017 in comparison to the same timeframe in 2016.

Sarah Huckabee Sanders later said that Trump had been:

referencing a conversation that they had had at the G-20 summit where they specifically talked about the issues that he referenced.

Donald Trump's most recent daily net approval rating with Gallup hit -24 for 1 August.

Donald Trump's average net approval rating for his term is -14.52 per cent. Obama's average of his weekly average ratings is 2.32 per cent.

Obama's worst weekly average rating in office was a -14.

Trump's best daily rating was 1, achieved for two days on the 24 and 25 January, shortly after his inauguration on the 20th.

HT The Hill

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