US and Mexican officials play nice as Trump doubles down on walls

Vastavam web: Top US and Mexican officials have sought common ground on issues such as migration and drug trafficking, even as President Donald Trump combatively repeated his vow to make Mexico pay for his planned border wall.US Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly struck a conciliatory tone as he wrapped up a three-day trip to Mexico yesterday.”I cannot stress enough how valuable the US-Mexico relationship is to each of our nations,” he said.Kelly’s comments came hours after Trump again touched a raw nerve in Mexico with his latest remark on the border wall.

Asked at the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany, if he still wanted Mexico to pay for the wall, Trump said: “Absolutely.” He made the comment as he headed into his first official meeting with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto, who in January cancelled a visit to Washington over Trump’s insistence that Mexico pay for the wall.Mexican Interior Minister Miguel Angel Osorio Chong also emphasized the countries’ common ground after meeting with Kelly.

“We are exploring new forms of cooperation on issues such as fighting arms trafficking, fighting transnational organized crime” and the “dignified” repatriation of deported Mexican immigrants, he said. During his visit, Kelly also met with Mexican troops fighting the country’s powerful drug cartels and took a surveillance flight over opium poppy fields in the restive state of Guerrero.