WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says Americans shouldn’t worry about his “tough” phone calls with world leaders.
Trump says: “We have to be tough.”
The president was speaking at the National Prayer Breakfast. He says the world is “in trouble” and other countries have been taking advantage of the United States, but his administration will “straighten it out.”
Trump’s comments come amid reports about his calls with leaders from Mexico and Australia.
WASHINGTON (AP) — A White House official is confirming that President Donald Trump told Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto that he might send U.S. troops to deal with “bad hombres down there” if the Mexican military doesn’t.
The official says the remark was meant to be “lighthearted” and was a reference to cooperation between the countries in fighting drug cartels.
The Associated Press first reported Wednesday that Trump made the comment in an hourlong conversation with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto on Jan. 27.
The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the details publicly, said “those comments, while lighthearted, were part of a discussion about how the United States and Mexico could work collaboratively to combat drug cartels and other criminal elements, and make the border more secure.”
The official described the conversation as “pleasant and constructive.”
WASHINGTON (AP) — A Trump administration official says President Donald Trump was “very strong” in his recent call with Australia’s prime minister.
The official says Trump was particularly concerned about an Obama administration deal that would allow mostly Muslim refugees rejected by Australia to be resettled in the United States.
According to the official, the Saturday call ended early, after about 30 minutes. That’s about half as long as some of Trump’s recent calls with other leaders.
The tensions between Trump and Australian leader Malcolm Turnbull were first reported by the Washington Post.
The official disputed a report that Trump ended the call by hanging up on Turnbull. The official wasn’t authorized to discuss the call publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.