Mexican President Pena Nieto clarified Wednesday evening, hours after speaking with Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, that Mexico had no intention of funding a border wall.
"At the beginning of the conversation with Donald Trump I made it clear that Mexico will not pay for the wall," Pena Nieto tweeted. The Mexican leader later added, "A from there, the conversation addressed other issues, and was developed in a respectful manner."
Al inicio de la conversación con Donald Trump dejé claro que México no pagará por el muro.— Enrique Peña Nieto (@EPN) August 31, 2016
A partir de ahí, la conversación abordó otros temas, y se desarrolló de manera respetuosa.— Enrique Peña Nieto (@EPN) August 31, 2016
But Pena Nieto's comment, whether intentional or coincidental, contrasts with Trump's post-meeting claim at a joint press conference that the two "didn't discuss" who would finance the multi-billion dollar project.
The Trump campaign later put out a statement saying that their meeting was not a "negotiation," and that they have two different views on the issue, even though which issue was not actually mentioned.
"Today was the first part of the discussion and a relationship builder between Mr. Trump and President Pena Nieto," Jason Miller, Trump's senior communicators adviser, said in a statement. "It was not a negotiation, and that would have been inappropriate. It is unsurprising that they hold two different views on this issue, and we look forward to continuing the conversation."
Hillary Clinton's team also responded to the meeting.
"Donald Trump has made his outlandish policy of forcing Mexico to pay for his giant wall the centerpiece of his campaign. But at the first opportunity to make good on his offensive campaign promises, Trump choked," John Podesta, a top Clinton adviser said in a statement. "What we saw today from a man who claims to be the ultimate 'deal maker' is that he doesn't have the courage to advocate for his campaign promises when he's not in front of a friendly crowd."
It is unclear whether Trump changed the subject after Pena Nieto's statement.