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Mexican President: ‘No Way’ Mexico Is Paying For Trump’s Proposed Wall

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JP Carroll National Security & Foreign Affairs Reporter
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Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto vehemently defended his stance that Mexico would never pay for the border wall proposed by presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump.

Peña Nieto told CNN’s Fareed Zakaria Sunday, “There is no way to have Mexico pay a wall, but any decisions inside [the] United States, is a decision of its government.” One of Trump’s main policy proposals throughout the presidential campaign has been to build a border wall.

Zakaria pressed the Mexican president on the issue, asking, “But under no circumstances would Mexico not pay for that wall?”

Peña Nieto responded, “There is no way that Mexico can pay a wall like that, but any decision can be taken for the government of the United States.”

The Mexican leader said that U.S. economic success is dependent on its “neighboring countries” and that U.S. security is also connected to those countries. He characterized the U.S.-Mexico relationship as one of “of coordination, of collaboration, and of cooperation.”

Ultimately the Mexican president believes that the U.S. and his country are, “journey companions, strategic partners, working for security in North America.”

Many Mexican politicians have spoken out against Trump and his border wall proposal. Former Mexican President Vicente Fox made headlines in February when he told Univision and Fusion reporter Jorge Ramos that, “I’m not going to pay for that fucking wall. He should pay for it. He’s got the money.”

Mexican Treasury Secretary Luis Videgaray Caso chimed in back in March, that Mexico would not contribute “a single peso” to the construction of a border wall if Trump is elected. Trump has previously stated that his proposed border wall would be, “the greatest wall you’ve ever seen.”

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