President Donald Trump spoke by phone with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull earlier this year, and The Washington Post obtained transcripts of the calls.
Here are a few highlights from the two calls, which took place on Jan. 27 and Jan. 28.
Trump urges Pena Nieto to stop publicly saying Mexico won’t pay for the wall
During his phone call with Pena Nieto, Trump urged his Mexican counterpart to stop saying that Mexico will not pay for a wall on the southwestern U.S. border. A signature Trump promise during the presidential campaign was that he would build the wall and make Mexico pay for it.
“You have a very big mark on our back, Mr. President, regarding who pays for the wall,” Pena Nieto said. “My position has been and will continue to be very firm saying that Mexico cannot pay for that wall.”
Trump responded, “But you cannot say that to the press. The press is going to go with that, and I cannot live with that. You cannot say that to the press, because I cannot negotiate under those circumstances.”
He went on, “But the fact is we are both in a little bit of a political bind, because I have to have Mexico pay for the wall. I have to.”
He suggested that they publicly say they’re still determining who will pay for the wall.
Trump then threatened, “If you are going to say that Mexico is not going to pay for the wall, then I do not want to meet with you guys anymore, because I cannot live with that.”
Trump bashes US refugees resettlement deal with Australia: ‘This is a stupid deal’
Trump’s conversation with Prime Minister Turnbull turned heated when the two began discussing a refugee resettlement agreement negotiated during the Obama administration.
“I am asking you as a very good friend,” Turnbull said to Trump. “This is a big deal. It is really, really important to us that we maintain it.”
Trump, who on Jan. 27 signed an executive order suspending the United States’ refugee program, said the deal “is going to kill me” and agreeing to it would make him look like a “weak and ineffective leader.”
“This is a stupid deal,” Trump declared.
He then boasted, “I am the world’s greatest person that does not want to let people into the country.”
Trump argued that Democrats lost the 2016 presidential election because of “stupid deals like this.”