Over the past few months, Presidential candidate and now President Donald Trump had been proposing a to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border. His plans however included forcing Mexico to pay for the wall; however, last Wednesday evening Mexico finally released an official statement on the issue.
Mexican President Enrique Peña said in a video response, “This morning we have informed the White House that I will not attend the meeting scheduled for next Tuesday with the POTUS.”
Nieto has firmly stated that his country would not fund the proposed twelve to fifteen billion dollar project, saying that “Mexico does not believe in walls. I’ve said time again; Mexico will not pay for any wall.”
President Trump responded to the video via Twitter saying, “If Mexico is unwilling to pay for the badly needed wall, then it would be better to cancel the upcoming meeting.”
During a Republican gathering in Philadelphia late last week, President Trump also spoke on President Nieto’s video. Trump stated that the two had in fact agreed to cancel their scheduled meeting. He also announced that the U.S. would not pay for the wall, but that it was necessary.
He also spoke to Congress and GOP lawmakers saying, “Unless Mexico will treat the U.S. fairly, with respect, such a meeting is fruitless, and I want to go a different route. I have no choice.”
Trump continued with, “Border security is a serious, serious issue and a national problem. Most illegal immigration is coming from our Southern border.”
“President Trump’s insistence that Mexico will pay for the wall has once again just been proven as delusional fiction by the Mexican President. The wall is a multi-billion dollar boondoggle in the making, and Republicans should be embarrassed about their brazen hypocripsy in enabling it,” said House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi.
President Nieto has also ordered his government officials to increase the protection for immigrants, saying “I’ve asked for our minister of Foreign Relations to re-enforce protection measures to our citizens.” He also stated that fifty new Mexican consulates would be placed inside the U.S. to defend immigrant rights and bring about civil change.
In the end of the video, Nieto offered his respect and admiration to the U.S. saying, “Mexico offers its friendship to the people of the United States and expresses its wish to arrive at agreements with its government, deals that will be in favor of Mexico and the Mexicans.”
Last Wednesday Trump also enacted two executive orders that increased border patrol on the U.S.-Mexico border and increasing the number of deportation officers.
Neither country has come to an agreement on this issue but one is sure to come about soon. The agreement would be the first foreign affair issue in Trump’s presidency.