Trump says it again: MX will pay for wall

Trump Meets Mexico's President in Hamburg, Says They Should 'Absolutely' Pay for the Border Wall

President Donald Trump revealed before a meeting with Mexican President Pena Nieto that he still intends to compel Mexico to pay for his proposed wall along the U.S. -Mexico border.

Trump has stuck to that campaign pledge to get Mexico to pay for the divisive project despite Pena Nieto repeatedly saying his country will not.

That visit turned into a public relations nightmare for Mr Pena Nieto, who was lambasted for welcoming the brash Republican billionaire despite his insults and threats.

Speaking through a translator at the top of the meeting, Pena Nieto said he hoped to continue a "flowing dialogue", particularly "for the security of both nations especially for our borders".

Trump has threatened to use tariffs against Mexican imports and to withdraw from NAFTA, though the Trump administration earlier this year signaled it may not seek a wholesale rewrite. "If he made that comment, he must have made it very quietly, because I didn't hear it".

Nafta negotiations are scheduled to start in August and expectations are the trade treaty will be tweaked rather than ripped up, which may explain Pena Nieto's apparent eagerness to avoid open confrontation. In it, Trump said he was pursuing a "total renegotiation" of the pact.


There has been uncertainty about the process because the United States has yet to set out its negotiating objectives.

Erecting a Mexican-funded wall along the USA southern border to curb illegal immigration has been a priority and faltering promise for the current administration.

"Phone conversation is never enough", Putin said.

The 1994 trade deal is a cornerstone of the Mexican economy, but Trump blames it for shipping American jobs south of the border.

The two presidents also explored a possible guest worker programme for migrants in the agriculture sector as well as the importance of "modernizing" NAFTA, according to a statement from Mexico's government released after the meeting.

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