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Mexico City - Mexico Will Never Pay For Trump Wall: Mexican Economy Minister

Published on: January 12, 2018 09:23 AM
By: Reuters 
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"Dreamers", undocumented immigrants who arrived in the U.S. when they were children, stand near the double steel fence that separates the U.S and Mexico at the border in Tijuana, Mexico, during the annual pre-Christmas "Posada" celebration organised by immigrants and organisations from the U.S. and Mexico, December 16, 2017. REUTERS/ Jorge Duenes"Dreamers", undocumented immigrants who arrived in the U.S. when they were children, stand near the double steel fence that separates the U.S and Mexico at the border in Tijuana, Mexico, during the annual pre-Christmas "Posada" celebration organised by immigrants and organisations from the U.S. and Mexico, December 16, 2017. REUTERS/ Jorge Duenes

Mexico City - Mexico has made clear it will never pay for President Donald Trump’s planned southern border wall, the country’s economy minister said on Thursday, after the U.S. leader again insisted he would make Mexico pay for the barrier.

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“The President of Mexico (Enrique Pena Nieto) has been very clear: Mexico will never pay for this wall,” Economy Minister Ildefonso Guajardo wrote on Twitter after a day of meetings in Washington.

Trump told the Wall Street Journal in an interview published on Thursday that Mexico could pay for the wall, which he hopes will stem illegal immigration, “indirectly” through changes to the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

Trump has said he will withdraw from NAFTA if the accord cannot be renegotiated in favor of the United States.

Guajardo was in Washington for talks this week with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer over the modernization of NAFTA, according to a statement by Mexico’s Economy Ministry.

Guajardo wrote on Twitter that the border wall had not been discussed at any time during his meetings with U.S. officials, nor in the negotiations over how to rework NAFTA.



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 Jan 12, 2018 at 01:40 PM yaakov doe Says:

I'm very disappointed that the great negotiator has not yet gotten Mexico to pay for the wall as he said would happen numerous times. They haven't even paid for the scope and design yet.

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