Mexican Government: President Trump, Peña Nieto Won't Speak About Border Wall Payment

Herman Weaver
January 28, 2017

During the 2016 presidential campaign, Trump promised that Mexico would pay to build the wall.

As Donald Trump's becomes the president of the United States, protesters around the world make their opinions known.

Mr Pena Nieto has condemned the move to build a border wall but so far has not decided whether to cancel Tuesday's meeting with the U.S. president, following calls from opposition leaders after Mr Trump issued a widely expected order to begin work on the massive wall.

Mexico is willing to talk with the US in order to maintain good relations, but paying for US President Donald Trump's border wall "is not negotiable", Mexican Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray said on Thursday.

In response, White House press secretary Sean Spicer said: "We'll look for a date to schedule something in the future. We will keep the lines of communication open".

Trump signed an executive order on Wednesday authorizing construction of the wall, which he has insisted Mexico will pay for.

Trump's tone towards Pena Nieto was far more conciliatory than in previous days, when the pair had hit out at one another over who would pay for a wall on the United States southern border with Mexico. "I have no choice".

On the US presidential campaign trail, Trump had promised to make the neighboring country pay for the wall.

Here's a hard-to-imagine path given the deepening quarrel between U.S. President Donald Trump and his Mexican counterpart Enrique Pena Nieto: The U.S. embraces larger trade deficits with Mexico and the countries cooperate to boost exports to the rest of the world.

A person familiar with the plans said that Trump's order will also increase staff at Customs and Border Protection by 5,000 and will require the DHS to detail what aid is directed to Mexico.

Some of the border is already fenced, but Trump says a wall is needed to stop illegal immigrants entering from Latin America.

"By doing that, we can do $10 billion a year and easily pay for the wall just through that mechanism alone", he said.

His vow to build a wall along the almost 2,000-mile (3,200-km) long US-Mexican border was a cornerstone of Trump's populist-nationalist presidential campaign.

The US leader instructed officials to begin to "plan, design and construct a physical wall along the southern border" and - perhaps more problematically - see how it could be funded.

"The border is soft and weak, drugs are pouring in and I'm not going to let that happen".

House Speaker Paul Ryan confirmed there were "various ways" Mexico could pay the United States back, and confirmed total cost was around $8 to $14 billion on MSNBC.

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