Mexico’s president, Enrique Pena Nieto showed no intentions in conducting a face to face meeting with President Donald Trump. However, on Jan. 27, 2017, a day after Nieto canceled his visit to the U.S., he and Trump engaged in conversation via telephone. A statement is expected sometime later today.
For now, speculation surrounding who is going to pay for the wall remains a heavily debated discussion. Neither party believes they are responsible for the costs of protecting the southern border. According to Trump, Mexico should assume the financial responsibility, while Nieto thinks the opposite is true.
Trump stated numerous times that it is Mexico’s responsible for building the wall. However, it is not clear if Nieto plans on complying. Trump shows no sign of budging. Although he went back on his original plan of Mexico paying upfront, he remains fixated on the wall, which he contends that the U.S. will not finance.
On Jan. 25, Trump, standing in front of the Department of Homeland Security, gave the orders to begin construction for a “large physical barrier on the southern border.” Apparently, Trump’s continuing with his plan despite any agreement on financial responsibility.
Written by Amy Weins
Edited by Cathy Milne
Thomson Reuters Foundation News: Mexico president and Trump talk by phone, statement expected
BBC News: Donald Trump: Mexico will pay for wall, ‘100%’
PRI: Trump just signed an executive order to start building a wall at the border
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