On Tuesday President Trump pleaded that it will be more appropriate to call of the upcoming meeting with the Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto if he says no to a payment that will be used for putting a wall along the border between U.S. and Mexico.
“The U.S. has a 60 billion dollar trade deficit with Mexico. It has been a one-sided deal from the beginning of NAFTA with massive numbers…of jobs and companies lost,” the president said in a series of tweets.
“If Mexico is unwilling to pay for the badly needed wall, then it would be better to cancel the upcoming meeting.”
– President explained on his Twitter profile.
An executive order was signed on Wednesday by the President, which controls the federal agencies to start with building the wall on the U.S. – Mexico border. This was his central campaign promise.
But some reports appeared that Peña Nieto has in plan to drop the meeting with the President that was planned to be held on Jan. 31, in the wake of the executive order.
This information was confirmed by The Associated Press and it says that Peña Nieto is “thinking” canceling the meeting.
Throughout his campaign for a President and since the election Trump was repeatedly pledged that Mexico has to pay for the wall.
To begin with building of the wall, the U.S. funds are necessary, said the President in an interview Wednesday on ABC News.
“I’m just telling you there will be a payment,” he said. “As soon as we can. As soon as we can physically do it.”
“I would say in months,” Trump added when pressed on a timeline for building the barrier. “Certainly planning is starting immediately.”
Peña Nieto on Wednesday reaffirmed that Mexico would not pay for a border wall.
“Far from uniting us, it divides us,” Peña Nieto said in a recorded video message. “Mexico does not believe in walls.”
Peña Nieto said that Mexican consulates in the United States would “become authentic defenders of the rights of migrants.”
He said that Mexico “offers, and demands, respect.”