By Azania Post Reporter
THE economy Minister in Mexico Ildefonso Guajardo has said his country will never pay anything regarding the planned southern border wall as proposed earlier by US President Donald Trump.
He said the President of Mexico (Enrique Pena Nieto) has been very clear that he will never pay for the wall.
Guajardo’s statement came soon after the U.S. leader again insisted he would make Mexico pay for the barrier.
Trump told the Wall Street Journal in an interview published on Thursday that Mexico could pay for the wall, which he hopes will stem illegal immigration, “indirectly” through changes to the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).
Trump has said he will withdraw from NAFTA if the accord cannot be renegotiated in favor of the United States.
Guajardo was in Washington for talks this week with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer over the modernization of NAFTA, according to a statement by Mexico’s Economy Ministry.
Guajardo wrote on Twitter that the border wall had not been discussed at any time during his meetings with U.S. officials, nor in the negotiations over how to rework NAFTA.