WaPo obtains transcripts of Trump's calls with foreign leaders

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WASHINGTON (SINCLAIR BROADCAST GROUP) -- The Washington Post obtained and published Thursday transcripts of President Donald Trump's phone calls with foreign leaders including Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, whom he urged to acquiesce on plans for a border wall.

Though the transcripts obtained were "prepared by the White House," they were not published, The Washington Post reported.


In his first call as president to Nieto, Trump describes his desire to force Mexico into paying for the wall -- a central promise of his campaign -- as a mounting political problem.

Compelling him to stop denying Mexico would cover expenses, Trump says repeatedly, "you cannot say that to the press," according to a transcript of the Jan. 27 call.

Conceding that the funding would "work out in the formula somehow" and Mexico would not have to foot the bill, Trump nevertheless threatened to sever diplomatic ties if Nieto continued making public denials.


The other transcript published by The Washington Post was of a call between Trump and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.

In the Jan. 28 conversation, Trump argues with Turnbull over the admittance of refugees, telling the foreign leader that accepting them into the United States will "make us look awfully bad."

While Turnbull replies that the deal is "really, really important" to Australia, Trump maintains that it is "going to kill" him and is "a stupid deal."

After less than 30 minutes, Trump tells Trumbull "I have had it" and hangs up.

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