Border wall: Miffed Mexican President cancels trip to US


MeMexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto gives a speech next to Queen Maxima of the Netherlands during the International Forum of Financial Inclusion, in Mexico Cityxican President Enrique Piena Nieto on January 27 cancelled his trip to the US after President Donald Trump told him to cancel his trip if Mexico couldn’t pay for the wall to stop illegal migrants from entering the US.

Trump wanted a 20 percent tax to be imposed on imports to Mexico to pay for the wall on US-Mexico border.

The White House was informed about cancellation of his trip which was slated for January 31, Nieto said on Twitter.

At the same time, he condemned Trump’s decision to build a massive wall to stop entry of illegal migrants. “Mexico does not believe in walls. I have said it time and again, we will not pay for any wall,” stated Nieto.

To his assertion the US has a $60 billion trade deficit with Mexico. From the beginning of The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), it has been a one-sided deal, said Trump, who has been in office for just six days.

The authorities signed two executive orders that were inked for construction of a wall on the US-Mexico border. The border is around 3,100 km long and passes through empty, dusty desert to lush and rugged surroundings.

Some 1,046-km of the border is covered already by a confused series of fences, concrete slabs and other structures. Trump’s wall will cover around 1,600 km.