The ongoing drama concerning the U.S./Mexico border wall took another turn. Once again Donald Trump said that if Mexico doesn’t pay for the structure, he will cancel an upcoming White House meeting with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto. And much to Trump’s (likely) surprise, Nieto decided to cancel the meeting first. In this tweet, Nieto declares that he won’t attend next Tuesday’s scheduled event with Trump.
Trump’s latest threat came after a Wednesday night ABC News interview, in which he said the wall will be built within months. However, logistics have been a bit hazy. Trump said Mexico would pay for the structure, but now it seems that construction will be bankrolled by the U.S. at first. And Trump insisted that Mexico will pay the U.S. back every cent.
“Ultimately, it will come out of what’s happening with Mexico … and we will be in a form reimbursed by Mexico, which I’ve always said … All it is, is we’ll be reimbursed at a later date from whatever transaction we make from Mexico. I’m just telling you there will be a payment. It will be in a form, perhaps a complicated form. What I’m doing is good for the United States. It’s also going to be good for Mexico. We want to have a very stable, very solid Mexico.”