MEXICO CITY – Mexican Foreign Relations Secretary Luis Videgaray is on his way to New York, where he plans to meet with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres amid the diplomatic crisis with US President Donald Trump’s administration, the government said Thursday.
Videgaray plans to meet “with the secretary-general of the United Nations (UN), Antonio Guterres, in an effort to address Mexico’s priorities at the UN and discuss the organization’s role in light of the challenges in the current international context,” the Foreign Relations Secretariat said.
The Mexican official also plans to meet with Americas Society/Council of the Americas (AS/COA) members to discuss Mexican-US relations.
The trip comes a day after a controversy started over press reports that Trump allegedly threatened to send troops to Mexico during a telephone conversation last Friday with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto.
Mexican journalist Dolia Estevez and the Associated Press reported Wednesday that they obtained part of the transcript of the telephone conversation between the presidents.
Estevez, who writes for Forbes, reported, citing sources, that “it was a very offensive conversation where Trump humiliated Peña Nieto.”
The AP said it obtained excerpts from a transcript of the conversation, reporting that Trump told Peña 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.”
The White House, for its part, described the tone of Trump’s statement as “lighthearted.”
The US president’s comments were “part of a discussion about how the United States and Mexico could work collaboratively to combat drug cartels and other criminal elements, and make the border more secure,” the White House said.
The Mexican government said the media reports were inaccurate and Foreign Relations Secretariat communications director Claudia Algorri told the press that the stories lacked substance and the Jan. 27 conversation between the presidents had been “constructive.”
Estevez said Algorri told her that her story “is based on absolute falsehoods and has evident bad intentions.”
A group of Mexican senators asked Peña Nieto on Thursday to provide the security and foreign relations committees with transcripts of his telephone conversation with Trump.