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USA: Trump says Tillerson's visit to Mexico will be 'a tough trip'01:34

USA: Trump says Tillerson's visit to Mexico will be 'a tough trip'

United States, Washington DC
February 23, 2017 at 17:41 GMT +00:00 · Published

US President Donald Trump met with 24 CEOs of major US manufacturing companies in Washington DC on Thursday in a session to "figure out how to bring many, many millions of jobs back to the United States."

Trump affirmed that "borders, military and jobs" continue to be his chief concerns. He noted that he had granted some previously banned countries "authorisation" to buy arms from the United States: "I want them to buy from us. They were getting planes from other countries."

The US president then commented on Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's current visit to Mexico as "a tough visit", and applauded efforts by Tillerson and Secretary of Defence John Kelly in dealing with the US southern neighbour: "All of a sudden, for the first time, we are getting gang members out, we are getting drug lords out, and we are getting really bad dudes out of this country. And, at a rate that nobody has ever seen before," he said.

Trump signed an executive decree in January 2016 to begin the construction of a Mexican border wall with the aim of deterring migrants from crossing into the US without documentation. Mexican President Pena Nieto has repeatedly stated that Mexico will not, as Trump has asserted, pay for the wall. Nieto cancelled a planned trip to meet Trump in January over the dispute.

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US President Donald Trump met with 24 CEOs of major US manufacturing companies in Washington DC on Thursday in a session to "figure out how to bring many, many millions of jobs back to the United States."

Trump affirmed that "borders, military and jobs" continue to be his chief concerns. He noted that he had granted some previously banned countries "authorisation" to buy arms from the United States: "I want them to buy from us. They were getting planes from other countries."

The US president then commented on Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's current visit to Mexico as "a tough visit", and applauded efforts by Tillerson and Secretary of Defence John Kelly in dealing with the US southern neighbour: "All of a sudden, for the first time, we are getting gang members out, we are getting drug lords out, and we are getting really bad dudes out of this country. And, at a rate that nobody has ever seen before," he said.

Trump signed an executive decree in January 2016 to begin the construction of a Mexican border wall with the aim of deterring migrants from crossing into the US without documentation. Mexican President Pena Nieto has repeatedly stated that Mexico will not, as Trump has asserted, pay for the wall. Nieto cancelled a planned trip to meet Trump in January over the dispute.

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