Trump Signals He’ll Cancel Meeting Over Mexican Prez’s Refusal To Pay For Wall

January 26, 2017 10:41 a.m.
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President Donald Trump signaled Thursday that he may cancel a planned meeting with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto after he refused, again, to pay for Trump’s proposed border wall.

The Associated Press reported Wednesday, citing an unnamed senior official, that Peña Nieto had reconsidered the meeting, planned for Jan. 31, after Trump said in an interview with ABC News that Mexico would pay for the wall.

Late on Wednesday night, Peña Nieto sent Trump a defiant message in a nationally-televised address, saying that “Mexico will not pay for any wall,” according to a CNN translation. He also said Mexican consulates across the United States would protect the rights of immigrants.

Later, he wrote on Twitter that as a fully sovereign nation, Mexico demanded respect:

Trump appeared to respond on his own account Thursday, saying he would cancel the meeting if Mexico would not pay for the wall. He signed an executive order on Wednesday moving the process of building a border wall along.

Trump and Peña Nieto met in Mexico in September of last year. Afterwards, the Mexican president wrote that he made it clear to Trump at the meeting’s start that his country would never pay for a border wall.

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