What’s this? Media gun-shy to run with report Trump ‘threatened’ Mexican president over ‘bad hombres’

If Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto didn’t know it already, he found out last Friday that President Donald Trump isn’t messing around.

The two spoke on the phone Friday morning, but the topics of conversation hadn’t been made public until the Associated Press reported it obtained part of the conversation the following Wednesday. According to the excerpt, Trump told Pena Nieto that he was going to send  U.S. troops to stop “bad hombres down there” unless Mexico gets the problem under control.

The tone and context of the remark wasn’t clear, nor exactly who Trump was calling “bad hombres.” It also didn’t contain the Mexican president’s response.

According to the AP:

Still, the excerpt offers a rare and striking look at how the new president is conducting diplomacy behind closed doors. Trump’s remarks suggest he is using the same tough and blunt talk with world leaders that he used to rally crowds on the campaign trail.

 

According to the excerpt, Trump told Pena Nieto, “You have a bunch of bad hombres down there. You aren’t doing enough to stop them. I think your military is scared. Our military isn’t, so I just might send them down to take care of it.”

https://twitter.com/passantino/status/826936990826262528?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

While the White House didn’t respond when asked to comment, Mexico’s foreign relations denies the accuracy of the account, calling it “based on absolute falsehoods.” However, on Tuesday Mexican journalist Dolia Estevez published a similar account of the call on the website Aristegui Noticias. The AP describe’s Estevez’s account as Trump “humiliating Pena Nieto in a confrontational conversation.”

A statement from the Mexican government reads:

“The assertions that you make about said conversation do not correspond to the reality of it. The tone was constructive and it was agreed by the presidents to continue working and that the teams will continue to meet frequently to construct an agreement that is positive for Mexico and for the United States.”

In other words, some in the media are showing signs they’re learning not to get ahead of story just because they think it fits their narrative. Take for instance, NY Times reporter, Max Fisher’s reaction:

https://twitter.com/Max_Fisher/status/826942044308381697?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

Even NBC/MSNBC reporter Benjy Sarlin advised to proceed with caution:

https://twitter.com/BenjySarlin/status/826942323103760384?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

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