President Donald Trump has suggested that Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto should cancel his planned visit if he decides that Mexico will not pay for the wall that will span America’s border with Mexico.
His comments followed after the Mexican president once again stated that Mexico will not pay for the wall. He also made no mention of cancelling the meeting scheduled for the end of the month.
Donald Trump has signed an executive order stating that an “impassable physical barrier” will be built across the American – Mexico border and he has insisted Mexico will reimburse America for the construction of it.
On Twitter Donald Trump hinted that Mexico “owed” America for the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).
He wrote, “The US has a 60 billion dollar trade deficit with Mexico. It has been a one-sided deal from the beginning of NAFTA with massive numbers of jobs and companies lost.
“If Mexico is unwilling to pay for the badly needed wall, then it would be better to cancel the upcoming meeting.”
Mr Pena Nieto in a televised address stated clearly that Mexico will not pay for the wall, and that the government condemns the decision of America to build it. He went on to say that Mexico does not believe in walls.
Earlier, Luis Videgarary, Mexican Foreign Minister said that the meeting between the two presidents will still go ahead although the final decision is yet to be made.
Funding Trump’s Wall
To get the funds he needs to build the wall, the American taxpayer will initially pay for it, which according to building consultants is going to cost in the region of 30bn. The wall was one of Donald Trump’s key pledges during his election campaign.
This week he has signed executive orders to direct funds to build the wall and to hire immigration officials to boost patrol efforts.