The Washington Post has obtained transcripts of two conversations President Trump had with foreign leaders: one with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto and another with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.The transcripts were prepared by the White House but have not been released. The Post is publishing reproductions rather than original documents in order to protect sources. The reproductions below also include minor spelling and grammatical mistakes that appeared in the documents.
Conversation with Mexican President Peña Nieto
Peña Nieto was elected in 2012, leading the centrist Institutional Revolutionary Party. A series of scandals has left the president with an approval rating lower than Trump’s.
#Donald Trump is inaugurated.
Trump signs an executive order to begin construction of a southern border wall. Jared Kushner meets with Mexican Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray to craft the language for the announcement, which is “well received” in Mexico and doesn’t discuss payment.
Trump tweets, once again, that Mexico will pay for the wall. Facing political pressure at home, Peña Nieto cancels his Jan. 31 trip to Washington.
Trump hosts Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May.
Call with Peña Nieto.
The two leaders discussed the political optics of funding the border wall, and potential taxes and tariffs on Mexican goods.
Conversation with Australian Prime Minister Turnbull
Turnbull, a member of Australia’s conservative Liberal Party, took over as prime minister in 2015. During the phone call, Trump and Turnbull discuss an Obama-era agreement in which the United States will vet and take refugees who have been imprisoned after trying to enter Australia by boat.
Donald Trump is inaugurated.
Trump hosts Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May. Trump issues entry ban.
Call with Peña Nieto.
Trump also holds calls with Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, French President François Hollande, Russian President Vladimir Putin and German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
Call with Turnbull.
The two-sentence readout of the conversation from the White House states both leaders “emphasized the enduring strength and closeness of the U.S.-Australia relationship,” but the full transcript below shows a heated 24-minute conversation in which Trump vents about his accepting refugees a day after he signed an entry ban.