Trump also said that if Mexico is unwilling to pay for the wall, then it would be better to cancel the Mexican president's upcoming meeting with his American counterpart. He talked tough, and toned it down. Rex Tillerson, his nominee for secretary of state, is still awaiting confirmation.
"Big day planned on NATIONAL SECURITY tomorrow".
"Their attitude to work, to plan, to see solutions is extraordinary, Believe me" Guajardo said.
But the move has prompted a fierce backlash even before it was announced.
Trump also called the North American Free Trade Agreement a "one-sided" pact that has left the US with a $60 billion trade deficit with its southern neighbor.
"I witnessed in my meetings yesterday in Mexico City that Mexicans are more united than ever and ready to negotiate on policies and trade that will benefit both countries".
Some 80 percent of Mexico's exports go to the USA market.
"My general reaction to the "wall" is that border security can be achieved not through just building a wall".
The two administration officials insisted on anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the call publicly.
Chelsea Handler won't interview Melania Trump
This one , sadly, has us defending a member of Donald Trump's immediate family, and for that, we will never forgive her. While it's clear that emotions are high, this is not a polite way to speak about anyone, never mind the first lady.
He said businesses should not be too anxious if Trump's policies led to the collapse of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) underpinning Mexico's economy, saying the country could fall back on WTO tariffs. The U.S. abstained from the vote before President Barack Obama left office, brushing aside Trump's demands that the U.S. exercise its veto.
"There will be constant communication between the federal executive and the Senate to define what actions to take", said Fernando Herrera of the conservative National Action Party. Some are on edge over a phone call with Putin on Saturday and fear he may strike a deal that leads to the removal of USA sanctions on Russian Federation.
The diplomatic row recalls the rocky days of U.S. -Mexico relations in the 1980s, prior to the North American Free Trade Agreement, a pact that Trump has vigorously criticized.
Trump did little to ease anxieties Friday when he pointedly refused to say whether he planned to keep in place economic sanctions on Russian Federation as punishment for its provocations in Ukraine.
On tap for Saturday: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe. Trump was measured during their brief joint press conference, but he also showed flashes of charm, joking with May about a British reporter's pointed question about his position on torture and complimenting her for being a "people person".
President Donald Trump has decided he will seek to pay for the wall on the US's southern border by imposing a 20 percent tax on imports from Mexico and as part of a larger comprehensive tax reform plan, the White House said Thursday.
During a hastily arranged briefing in the West Wing, chief of staff Reince Priebus said a 20 percent import tax was one idea in "a buffet of options" to pay for the border wall. "Defend the migrant Mexican workers, long live the immigrants!" In 2015, Mexico was the third-largest supplier of goods to the US, with $295 billion worth of goods funneling into the country.
Meanwhile, the Mexican government said that President Pena Nieto and Trump had agreed to stop making public statements about the United States leader's border wall plan and will seek to resolve differences as part of bilateral talks.