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Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto holds a press conference at Los Pinos presidential residence in Mexico City, Monday, Jan. 23, 2017. Pena Nieto said Monday that Mexico's attitude towards the Donald Trump administration should not be aggressive or biased, but one of dialogue. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)

Trump took credit for canceling a meeting with Mexico. Mexico's president canceled it.


UPDATE 1:41 p.m.: Rewatch Trump's speech at the Republican retreat.

In a speech at a Republican Party retreat, President Trump talked about his recent executive orders to build the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines, cut business regulations and cut funding to groups that provide abortions overseas. 

He also said "We're going to have a lot of trade deals," telling Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, "Don't worry."  Trump withdrew the U.S. from the Trans-Pacific Partnership, saying he preferred "one-on-one" trade deals. 

Trump insisted the American people would not pay for the Mexican border wall. But he has said he would ask Congress to pay for it and demand Mexican reimbursement, meaning taxpayer dollars would fund the wall. Trump also restated his intent to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement, calling it a "disaster." 

Trump said the recently cancelled meeting with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto would be "fruitless" since Mexico was not treating the U.S. "with respect." 

However, Trump didn't mention that Peña Nieto actually cancelled the meeting.

Trump said he considered "doing nothing" about the Affordable Care Act for two years, saying Democrats would "beg" to do something. But he said instead that the bill would be repealed and replaced immediately. 

ORIGINAL STORY: House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell spoke to the media on Thursday as the Republican Party's strategic retreat continued in Philadelphia.

The retreat was intended for party leaders to return with a clear political agenda, but it has been obscured by President Trump's baseless claims of massive voter fraud and his promise to bring back waterboarding. Ryan opposed Trump's position on the latter, saying, "We agree with it not being legal."

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., speaks to the media after the Senate Policy Luncheon on Capitol Hill, Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016 in Washington. (AP Photo/Molly Riley)
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., speaks to the media after the Senate Policy Luncheon on Capitol Hill, Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016 in Washington. (AP Photo/Molly Riley)

McConnell said the proposed Mexican border wall would cost between $12 billion and $15 billion. Trump has suggested that the U.S. would pay for it but demand Mexican reimbursement. 

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FILE - In this Jan. 17, 2017, file-pool photo, Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May speaks at Lancaster House in London. European leaders, anxious over Donald Trump’s unpredictability and coziness with the Kremlin, are scrambling to get face time with the new American president before he can meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin, whose provocations have set the continent on edge. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, Pool, File)

President Trump is expected to speak at noon. Vice President Pence is scheduled to speak at 2:30 p.m., and British Prime Minister Theresa May is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. (all times Eastern). 

Four top State Department officials abruptly resigned. The Border Patrol chief quit, too.

The Democratic Party is also holding a retreat in West Virginia. That retreat is closed to the press. 

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