Mexican president cancels trip to Washington after row with Trump over border wall
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Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto said on Thursday he had scrapped plans to meet Donald Trump next week after the U.S. president tweeted Mexico should cancel the meeting if it was not prepared to pay for his proposed border wall.
“Mexico reiterates its willingness to work with the United States to reach accords that favour both nations.”
Esta mañana hemos informado a la Casa Blanca que no asistiré a la reunión de trabajo programada para el próximo martes con el @POTUS.— Enrique Peña Nieto (@EPN) January 26, 2017
In response, President Donald Trump said that his now-scrapped meeting with the Mexican president would have been “fruitless” if Mexico will not agree to treat America “with respect.”
“The President of Mexico and myself have agreed to cancel our planned meeting for next week,” Trump told Republican lawmakers gathered in Philadelphia for a retreat.
“Unless Mexico is going to treat the United States fairly - with respect - such a meeting would be fruitless. And I want to go a different route,” said Trump, who wants to build a wall on the southern border of the United States. He says Mexico will pay for it but Mexico insists it will not.
Later Thursday afternoon, the White House said that Trump wants to pay for the border wall with a border tax that would be part of a tax reform package. A spokesman later said it would be funded with a 20% tax on imports from Mexico.
(FRANCE 24 with REUTERS)