Mexico's president calls meeting Donald Trump a mistake

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By Nathan Rousseau Smith, Buzz60

It was a mistake to meet Donald Trump. That's what Mexico's President Enrique Peña Nieto is saying following the angry backlash he's received from Mexicans for the August meeting.

In an interview with newspaper La Razón, President Peña Nieto, calling his invite for a private meeting with Trump a "very rushed decision" and one that he wishes he could take back and that he regrets.

Peña Nieto also told Mexican TV station Canal 11 that the meeting was "all about ensuring the best interests of Mexico, even if it could be controversial.

One poll finding 85% of Mexicans thought the visit was a mistake.

The backlash even spurring the resignation of close cabinet ally Secretary of Finance Luis Videgaray who pushed for the meeting with the Republican presidential nominee.

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MEXICO CITY, MEXICO - AUGUST 31 : President of Mexico Enrique Pena Nieto (L) and US Republican presidential candidate, Donald Trump attend a meeting at Los Pinos presidential residence, in Mexico City, Mexico on August 31, 2016. (Photo by Daniel Cardenas/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
MEXICO CITY, MEXICO - AUGUST 31 : President of Mexico Enrique Pena Nieto (L) and US Republican presidential candidate, Donald Trump attend a meeting at Los Pinos presidential residence, in Mexico City, Mexico on August 31, 2016. (Photo by Daniel Cardenas/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
MEXICO CITY, MEXICO - AUGUST 31 : President of Mexico Enrique Pena Nieto (L) and US Republican presidential candidate, Donald Trump attend a meeting at Los Pinos presidential residence, in Mexico City, Mexico on August 31, 2016. (Photo by Daniel Cardenas/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
MEXICO CITY, MEXICO - AUGUST 31 : President of Mexico Enrique Pena Nieto (L) and US Republican presidential candidate, Donald Trump attend a meeting at Los Pinos presidential residence, in Mexico City, Mexico on August 31, 2016. (Photo by Daniel Cardenas/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump walks with Mexico President Enrique Pena Nieto at the end of their joint statement at Los Pinos, the presidential official residence, in Mexico City, Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2016. Trump is calling his surprise visit to Mexico City Wednesday a 'great honor.' The Republican presidential nominee said after meeting with Peña Nieto that the pair had a substantive, direct and constructive exchange of ideas.(AP Photo/Dario Lopez-Mills)
Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto speaks during a a joint statement with Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump in Mexico City, Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2016. Trump is calling his surprise visit to Mexico City Wednesday a 'great honor.' The Republican presidential nominee said after meeting with Peña Nieto that the pair had a substantive, direct and constructive exchange of ideas.(AP Photo/Dario Lopez-Mills)
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks during a joint statement with Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto in Mexico City, Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2016. Trump is calling his surprise visit to Mexico City a 'great honor.' The Republican presidential nominee said after meeting with Peña Nieto that the pair had a substantive, direct and constructive exchange of ideas. (AP Photo/Dario Lopez-Mills)
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Trump's meeting with the Mexican president came at a time of controversy, as Trump doubled down on his commitment to secure the southern border by saying he would have Mexico pay to build a wall. But at the meeting, the pair avoiding the issue of payment.

Shortly after the meeting President Peña Nieto rejected Trump's claims that Mexico would be paying for the wall.

The Mexican president defended himself, saying he also invited Hillary Clinton for a meeting, which she turned down.

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