Mexico: We won't pay for border wall 'in any way'

Mexico reiterates it will not “in any way or under any circumstance” pay for the wall along its border with the United States.

Ben Ariel,

U.S.-Mexico border fence
U.S.-Mexico border fence
Reuters

Mexico reiterated on Sunday that the country will not “in any way or under any circumstance” pay for the wall along its border with the United States, Reuters reported.

The statement from Mexico's foreign ministry came after U.S. President Donald Trump repeated his pledge that Mexico will eventually pay for his proposed border wall, saying the barrier is needed due to Mexico’s high crime rate.

“With Mexico being one of the highest crime Nations in the world, we must have THE WALL. Mexico will pay for it through reimbursement/other,” he tweeted.

Mexico’s foreign ministry wrote in its statement that overcoming violent crime associated with cross-border drug trafficking is the responsibility of both nations, pointing to the high demand for drugs in the United States from Mexico and other countries.

One of Trump’s central campaign pledges was the building of the wall in order to stop illegal migration from Mexico. The plan angered the United States' southern neighbor.

Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto canceled a January 31 meeting with Trump after the U.S. president signed an executive order kicking off the process of building the border wall and vowed once again to force Mexico to pay for it.

Pena Nieto announced he would not visit Washington after Trump tweeted, “If Mexico is unwilling to pay for the badly needed wall, then it would be better to cancel the upcoming meeting.”

The two later held an hour-long phone discussion which was described by Trump as “very friendly”.




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