"You have a bunch of bad hombres down there. You aren't doing enough to stop them. I think your military is scared. Our military isn't, so I just might send them down to take care of it."
The excerpt of the call did not make clear who exactly Trump considered "bad hombres."
This report of an American invasion of our neighbor to the south comes to us courtesy of a person with access to the official transcript of the phone call who then provided it to the Associated Press. In addition a Mexican reporter's similar account of Trump's comments was published on a Mexican website.
The reports described Trump as "humiliating" Pena Nieto in the confrontational conversation.
The excerpt offers a disturbing look at how the new president is conducting "diplomacy" behind closed doors. Trump's threat suggest he is using the same bullying tactics with world leaders that he used to against his "enimies" on the campaign trail.
The phone call between the leaders was intended to patch things up between the new president and his ally after President Nieto canceled his visit to meet with Trump after being told that his country would be made to pay for the wall promised by Trump during his campaign or have a 20 percent tax on imports imposed on them.
I have a feeling this call did little to help ease the tensions between the two.
Apparently Trump has now tasked his son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner — a real estate executive with no foreign policy experience — with managing the ongoing dispute according to an administration official with knowledge of the call.
Media outlets have confirmed that the White House did not respond to their requests for a comment.