Mexico president talks with Trump as faces populist pressure at home

Crowds of Mexicans mocked President Donald Trump as they constructed a cardboard box wall and burned a paper mache statue of the billionnaire outside the U.S. embassy in Mexico City.

The Mexican government says President Enrique Pena Nieto has spoken by phone with U.S. President Donald Trump.

Mexico sends 85 percent of its exports to the United States under NAFTA and thus been rattled by Trump's repeated vows to review or repeal the trade pact, and to build a wall on the border.

"Neither confrontation nor submission: the solution is dialogue and negotiation", Pena Nieto said in a speech outlining his strategy for relations with Trump.

Meanwhile, Mexican 2018 presidential front-runner Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador announced plans to tour major US cities in February, raising the pressure on Mexico's government to assert itself with the Trump administration."Enough of being passive", Lopez Obrador of the leftist Morena party said in a statement.

Trump also pledged on Sunday to begin renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement with Mexico and Canada.

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On Friday, Trump was sworn in as the 45th president of the United States.

Demonstrators in Mexico City have built a mock barricade outside the U.S. embassy topped by an effigy of Donald Trump in protest at the President's plan to build a border wall.

President Enrique Pena Nieto, pilloried at home for meeting Trump in August after the NY businessman called Mexican migrants rapists and murderers, said on Twitter he would defend the interests of Mexico and its people in a "respectful" dialogue.

He also caused further outrage after he described Mexican migrants as rapists and murderers.

The Mexican government announced last Thursday that Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray and Economy Minister Ildefonso Guajardo will travel to Washington on January 25 and 26 for their first meetings with the Trump administration.

  • Adam Floyd