Mexico leader vows to protect Mexicans as he seeks close ties with Trump

January 20, 2017 21:11

MEXICO CITY - Mexico's president on Friday congratulated Donald Trump on his inauguration as US president, saying he would see to strengthen ties, but cautioning that the sovereignty, national interest and protection of Mexicans would be paramount.

President Enrique Pena Nieto said on Twitter he would seek "respectful" dialogue with the government of Trump, who angered many Mexicans on the campaign trail by deriding them as rapists and murderers and vowing to build a massive wall along the US southern border to keep them out.

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