Obama, Mexico’s president stress importance of ties

Darlene Superville
Associated Press

Washington — President Barack Obama says trade with Mexico brings important investment and jobs to the U.S.

In a news conference with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto at the White House, Obama says the United States sells more to Mexico than to China, India and Russia combined.

Obama says he has worked to deepen the U.S. relationship with Mexico and that the two countries are not just strategic and economic partners, “we’re also neighbors and we’re friends.”

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has pledged to build a border wall between the U.S. and Mexico and make Mexico pay for it.

Pena Nieto says a good relationship with the United States is “essential” for his country.