President Trump Issues An Ultimatum For Mexico Regarding The Wall

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President Trump on Thursday issued an ultimatum upon his upcoming meeting with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto regarding the payment for building the wall along the U.S. – Mexico border.

“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.”
The president, as a continuation of his campaign promise, signed an executive order on Wednesday that directs federal agencies to begin constructing a wall along the southern border.
However, it has been speculated that the Mexican President is “considering” canceling the meeting planned for Jan. 31.
As part of his campaign speech, and after his victory, Trump has repeatedly vowed that Mexico would pay for the wall.
In an interview Wednesday, the President said that U.S. funds are necessary for beginning the construction of the wall.

“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 asked about the timeline for building the barrier. “Certainly planning is starting immediately.”

Peña Nieto on Wednesday reaffirmed that Mexico would not pay for a border wall, reports The Hill.
“Far from uniting us, it divides us,” Peña Nieto said in a recorded video message. “Mexico does not believe in walls.”
The Mexican President said that their consulates in the United States would “become authentic defenders of the rights of migrants.”
He said that Mexico “offers, and demands, respect.”
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