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Published 20 December 2016

Leading up to his election victory, Trump suggested the Mexican billionaire was behind The New York Times stories about Trump’s sexual harassment victims.

U.S. President-elect Donald Trump acknowledged Tuesday that he met with telecom communication mogul Carlos Slim, saying the Mexican billionaire whom he attacked on the campaign trail is a "great guy."

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His tweet confirming the meeting came a day after Slim got a "very positive" impression from Trump about ties with Mexico after the two met for dinner Saturday in Florida, according to a spokesman for the Mexican businessman on Monday.

“Yes, it is true - Carlos Slim, the great businessman from Mexico, called me about getting together for a meeting. We met, HE IS A GREAT GUY!” Trump said in his tweet.

Arturo Elias, Slim's son-in-law and spokesman, confirmed a report in The Washington Post that the two men dined at Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida, saying the meal was "very cordial and with a very good vibe for Mexico."

Elias noted that the meeting had taken place at Trump's invitation.

"(Slim) was left with a very positive taste in his mouth regarding the relationship with Mexico."

Trump angered many Mexicans during the election campaign by pledging to build a wall on the U.S. southern border and make Mexico pay for it, as well as threatening to ditch a joint trade deal and impose punitive tariffs on Mexican-made goods.

The pledges sparked criticism from business leaders including Slim, who said Trump's plans could destroy the U.S. economy. But following the Nov. 8 election, Slim revised his tone saying that if Trump succeeded, it would be good news for Mexico.

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Elias said he had no further details when asked if the meal had left Slim with a sense that Mexico was unlikely to face a major economic shock when Trump takes office on Jan. 20.

Slim faced criticism from Trump in the weeks leading up to his election victory after The New York Times, in which the Mexican billionaire is a major shareholder, published stories of women accused Trump of sexual harassment.

"The largest shareholder in the Times is Carlos Slim. Now Carlos Slim, as you know, comes from Mexico," he said in October while talking about the paper's coverage, also calling Times reporters "corporate lobbyists for Carlos Slim and Hillary Clinton."

Trump also pointed to Slim's previous donations to the Clinton Foundation, the charitable foundation of his opponent's family.

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