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Peña Nieto: ‘Mexico and the USA are friends’
Donald Trump walks with Mexico President Enrique Peña Nieto at the end of their joint statement at Los Pinos, the presidential official residence, in Mexico City, on Aug. 31, 2016. (Dario Lopez-Mills/AP)

The morning after Donald Trump’s victory, the president of Mexico, Peña Nieto, expressed his willingness to work with the president-elect.

“I congratulate the USA on its electoral process and I reiterate to Donald Trump our willingness to work together in support of bilateral relations,” Nieto said on Twitter, according to the Guardian.

“Mexico and the USA are friends, partners and allies that must continue collaborating for the competitiveness and the development of North America.”

Nieto’s statement comes after an election season during which Trump repeatedly vowed to erect a border wall between the two countries.

“When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best,” Trump said last year when he announced his run for the presidency. “They’re not sending you. They’re not sending you. They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.”

On Wednesday morning, Mexico’s Excelsior newspaper wrote in a headline, “Beware!” according to Politico.

Nieto said Wednesday that “I trust that Mexico and the United States continue to strengthen their bonds of cooperation and mutual respect,” according to the Guardian.

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