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Donald Trump may travel to Mexico City on Wednesday to meet with Mexico's president, the Washington Post reported on Tuesday, citing unnamed sources in the U.S. and Mexico. 

The potential visit would come just ahead of the Republican presidential candidate's closely watched speech to clarify his immigration policy, after weeks of wavering on whether he would hew to a hard-line on cracking down on illegal immigrants, a key driver of support for his campaign. Trump is expected to speak on immigration on Wednesday.

Sources told the Washington Post on Tuesday that talks between the Trump campaign and Mexican officials were ongoing, with logistics and security issues still being arranged.

Mexico's President Enrique Peña Nieto extended the invitation, while Trump decided to accept over the weekend, the sources said, according to the report.

Washington Post reporter Robert Costa later tweeted that Mexico's president had invited both Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton to visit his country.

Reuters also reported that Trump was considering the trip, citing a source familiar with the situation, while New York Times political reporter Maggie Haberman tweeted, citing two campaign sources, that Trump was planning the Mexico visit, but that it wasn't clear it would happen.

The Republican presidential nominee's positions on immigration and trade have created tension with the U.S.'s southern neighbor, as well as weighed upon Mexico's currency amid fears of a trade war.

Trump has repeatedly accused Mexican illegal immigrants of committing crimes, in an effort to play to anti-immigration sentiment in the U.S., as well as claiming that if elected president, he would ditch trade deals such as the North American Free Trade Agreement, which includes Mexico.

Trump has also said he planned to build a wall along the U.S. border with Mexico, which he said he could force Mexico to pay for by confiscating money transfers from the U.S. to Mexico. Trump has not explained, however, how he would build the wall over the parts of the border that are bodies of water.

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