Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s repeated calls to build a wall on our southern border have not affected relations with Mexico, the White House told Newsmax on Thursday.

“It does not appear that the Mexican government thinks very highly of that policy,” Press Secretary Josh Earnest said during a regular briefing for White House reporters.

“But in terms of our ability to continue to coordinate effectively to advance the economic and security interests of the United States, it has not been affected. We still have important relationships there.”

Earnest did tell Newsmax that the blocking of the president’s nominee to be U.S. ambassador to Mexico has affected the rapport with the U.S. and its neighbor to the South.

“I’ll tell you one thing that has been affected is that the Senate has been rather slow in confirming the president’s eminently well-qualified ambassador to Mexico,” said Earnest. “And we’ve certainly been disappointed to see that process be bogged down by Republicans in the Senate.”

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