United States President Donald Trump reprimanded his Mexican counterpart Enrique Pena Nieto for saying Mexico would not pay for the proposed border wall in public.
During his 2016 campaign, Mr Trump promised he would build a physical border wall between the US and Mexico to stop illegal immigration and drug trafficking, despite statistics showing that it would be largely ineffective at reversing the issues, and would cost billions.
Trump said that Mexico would pay for it during the campaign, but now the Republican-controlled US Congress is putting aside funds for the wall, which Trump says Mexico will “pay back”.
The US House of Representatives approved $1.6 billion for the border wall last week, however, estimated show the wall could cost upwards of $21.6 billion USD, according to Department of Homeland Security figures.
Trump reprimanded Mr Nieto in a phone call on Jan 27 for denouncing the wall, according to transcripts received by the Washington Post.
“You cannot say that to the press,” the US president told Nieto.
Transcripts show that Trump acknowledged that the funding would come from elsewhere, that the money “will work out in the formula somehow.”
“If you are going to say that Mexico is not going to pay for the wall then I do not want to meet with you guys anymore because I cannot live like that.”
Image of Donald Trump with one of his popular campaign hats from TNU past files.
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Published by: The New Union