The White House's statement on the call, which was described as a "joint statement," included a very similar line about payment for the border wall, but did not mention the agreement not to make public statements on the matter.
"With respect to payment for the border wall, both presidents recognize their clear and very public differences of positions on this issue but have agreed to work these differences out as part of a comprehensive discussion on all aspects of the bilateral relationship," the White House statement reads. "Both presidents have instructed their teams to continue the dialogue to strengthen this important strategic and economic relationship in a constructive way."
Asked by TPM if Trump and Peña Nieto agreed not to speak publicly about payment for the border wall, White House spokeswoman Lindsay Walters declined to comment. Walters also declined to comment when asked to confirmed that the statement issued by the White House was in fact a joint statement from the two countries.
The phone call followed an online tiff between the leaders. Trump, who has vowed to make Mexico pay for a border wall, on Wednesday signed an executive order paving the way for the construction of the wall. At odds over the wall and who will pay for it, Mexican President President Enrique Peña Nieto on Thursday called off a meeting with Trump planned for Jan. 31.
During a Friday press conference with British Prime Minister Theresa May, Trump said he had a "friendly" call with Peña Nieto on Friday for about an hour. The President said that he and the Mexican president "are going to be working on a fair relationship, a new relationship.”