> A Twitter spat Thursday, spawning a full blown diplomatic crisis. Mexican president Enrique Pena Nieto announcing in a tweet that he has cancelled plans to meet US President Donald Trump next week. Trump, at a gathering of Republican lawmakers in Philadelphia, claiming the breakup was mutual.>> Unless Mexico is going to treat the United States fairly, with respect, such a meeting would be fruitless, and I wanna go a different route.
We have no choice.>> This all comes just hours after Trump tweeted that if Mexico doesn't pay for the border wall, then Pena Nieto should not bother coming to the White House next week. Reuters Reporter Michael Scott O'Boyle is in Mexico City, and says this diplomatic collapse could have huge ramifications there.
>> This Twitter fight over the border wall is now throwing into complete uncertainty just how Mexico and the United States can move forward on constructive talks about trade, migration and security.>> That uncertainty increasing Thursday afternoon with Trump floating a plan for Mexico to pay for the wall, with a 20% border tax of all Mexican imports into the US.
Trump has repeatedly threatened to rip up NAFTA, and on Wednesday, Trump signed a executive order to beef up border patrol and start construction on the wall. Many in Mexico viewing the timing of Trump's actions as a slap in the face. As top Mexican officials were in Washington meeting with top Trump officials, to lay the ground work for the presidential face to face next week, now off the calendar.
Trump's aggressive stand on Mexico putting Pena Nieto under pressure.>> He's been very unpopular in Mexico due to corruption scandals, due to a gasoline price hike. And he was also unpopular, Mexico's President Pena Nieto, because he was perceived as not being strong enough in responding to Trump's threats against Mexico.
And what many Mexicans see as an insult to the country that they should have to pay for this border wall.>> Pena Nieto's ratings are the lowest level of any Mexican president in years, much like his counterpart to the north, who took over the White House with historically low approval ratings.