Two days later, the USA president signed executive orders directing the construction of a wall along the border with Mexico, boosting border patrol forces and immigration enforcement officers who carry out deportations.
On Thursday, the White House floated the idea of imposing a 20% tax on goods from Mexico to pay for a wall at the southern U.S. border.
The disagreements between the United States and its third-largest trading partner erupted into public view Thursday, resulting in hand-wringing about a possible trade war, discussion of a proposed US tax that might hike prices for American consumers, and the cancellation of a White House meeting scheduled next week between the two leaders.
"But, as you know.they've made us look foolish."Pena Nieto's statement also included this sentence (reading) for now, both presidents agree not to publicly talk about this controversial issue.
The latest tweet from Trump comes amid an ongoing dispute over who will pay for the president's proposed wall on the U.S. -Mexico border.
In 2015, for example, the USA imported $295 billion worth of goods from Mexico, generating a trade deficit of $58 billion, according to the Office of the United States Trade Representative. "At once, he has to stand firm and on the other hand there's this idea of trying to start off on the right foot with the Trump administration".
White House spokesman Sean Spicer confirmed later Friday that the presidents did agree to keep discussions about the wall's payment private.
"But as you know Mexico with the United States has out negotiated us and beat us to a pulp with our past leaders".
"So I'm not against something like that but with respect to Mexico, something else could happen which would be much more positive for both Mexico and the United States", Trump said.
Fox has been outspoken against Trump and the wall throughout the campaign and now into his presidency. But he later said that was only one of many options under consideration.
"He's under a lot of pressure here in Mexico from the public, from lawmakers, from everybody, wanting him to take a stronger stand against Trump's threats", said Ms Kahn.
In addition to the wall, Mr Trump signed an action to strip federal funding from "sanctuary cities" that do not prosecute undocumented immigrants.