>> After a major diplomatic falling out, President Donald Trump and Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, on Friday, trying to play nice. The spat between the two countries erupting Thursday after Trump affirmed plans not only to build a wall along the Southern border, but pledging that Mexico would foot the bill.
Nieto promptly cancelling a planned trip to Washington, a day later Trump saying he had a friendly phone call with Nieto, but a firm plans to renegotiate trade deals.>> It was a very, very friendly call. I think you'll hear that from the President, and I think you'll hear that from the people of Mexico that really represent him, and represent him very well.
And I look forward to, over the coming months, we'll be negotiating, and we'll see what happens.>> Trump may hope he can continue to rally his base by promising to build a wall, and blame Mexico for US job loses. Nieto may try to inflate his sagging ratings by appearing to stand up to Trump, but despite the politics, the neighboring nations may simply have too much at stake in cross-border trade and cooperation.
A collapse in US-Mexico relations could be catastrophic for both economies, and someone is ready to play peacemaker. Mexican billionaire, Carlos Slim, on Friday, gave a rare news conference. Slim, who spoke out against Trump during the US presidential campaign, praising the President as a great negotiator, and trying to calm his countrymen's fears over what Trump's policies could mean for Mexico.