Mexico’s president says no to paying for wall
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Mexico’s president says no to paying for wall

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    Mexico’s President Enrique Pena Nieto greeted guests at an event in Mexico City on Monday.

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Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto says that “of course” his country will not pay for a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. President-elect Donald Trump insists that Mexico will pay for the structure.

Pena Nieto said during a gathering of Mexico’s ambassadors and consuls that it’s evident his country has “some differences with the next government of the United States, like the topic of the wall that Mexico of course will not pay for.”

He adds that “basic principles” like “our sovereignty” are “not negotiable.”

Trump insisted at a press conference today that Mexico will indeed pay for the wall he wants to build along the southern border to stop illegal immigration.

Pena Nieto says that any negotiations with the U.S. must include a commitment to stop the flow of illegal arms and money from the U.S. into Mexico.

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  • trump will make Mexico’s president pay for the wall or we will freeze them out by shutting down this free trade agreement and they won’t get any income coming into Mexico, so go get um trump.

    • Right, those trade agreements benefit the same multinationals that own congress and populate Chump’s administration. Those trade deals are not going anywhere. Chump’s wall might be built, on our dime, and it won’t solve a thing.. Traffickers will find a way around over or through his “wall”.

  • Mexico enjoys a huge trade surplus with the US. Once they realize it’s in their own best interests, they will come to their senses and do the only thing they can – negotiate how much they’ll be chipping in.
    One way or another, they will help to fund the wall.

    • It’s a trade surplus because Mexico supplies goods that Americans want. Basic supply and demand principles.
      Unless Americans are willing to forego the products they buy from Mexico, they have us by the “short hairs.”
      It’s basic knowledge that goods from Mexico are cheaper than those we could buy here in the US. We cut Mexican goods off, they sell them to China, Canada, somewhere else. Now where do we go for the same products? We manufacture them ourselves? You willing to pay two, three times more for that flat screen TV? For fruits & vegetables? That crap that Trump sells and manufactures in Mexico? You don’t bite the hand that feeds you, literally….
      Mexico has no reason to help pay for that wall, except to keep those goofballs in the red dunce caps that say “Make America Great Again” out. Come to think of it, they like taking their money while they are getting sunburned & drunk on tequila in TJ, Cabo & Cancun. Gringos pendejos…..

      • You’re right, of course. Folks here who know absolutely nothing think that threats and force always work. They don’t – not against sovereign governments. No Mexican government is ever going to pay anything toward Mr. Trump’s wall of fear and racism. Never. People need to get that through their thick skulls.

        • Yup Just like Trump would never get elected. You still haven’t learned your lesson to never say never. Pathetic.

        • sarge22 – You don’t understand that knowing facts and law is different than predicting an election. Add that to the long list of things you don’t understand.

        • And then one time in Band Camp, right sarge, you remember…let’s remind them about the time that Trump beat Clinton…Took 2 months but we can live in the past if you need to…#MAGA

  • There is not going to be any negotiation. Trump will build the wall and Mexico will pay via tariffs or taxes or other means.
    As far as the reputed traffic of guns and money from the US into Mexico, the wall will help with that as well as such a barrier works both ways.
    The Mexican president and the corrupt ruling class in Mexico are going to learn a hard lesson. Mexico is a country rich with natural resources yet it is a poor country
    because of the corrupt ruling class that runs things. They are glad to rid of the poor they call “cockroaches” and flood them into our country as they know that they
    could otherwise be a force to overthrow the ruling class. Hopefully that will happen someday soon.

  • The U.S. will hold back enough foreign aid and other economic means from Mexico. The money held back will be used for American workers to build the wall
    from the money. In the end Mexico will indeed pay for the wall whether they like it or not.

  • Pena Nieto needs to re think things, bravado will work to please the Mexicans today, but will he still be supported if the Mexican economy is negatively impacted by a poor relationship with America? Mexico has much more to lose than we do, the consequence of his statements do matter and that is just a fact.

  • Mexico knows they are gonna pay. They just don’t know how much. Lol.They are dealing with Trump, not some phony politician. All the snowflakes better start manning up and learn how the real world works cause your give me a handout world is about to change.

  • They will, they just have no idea how it’s gonna happen. No more professional pols, US needs a businessman who knows the art of the deal. After 8 years of getting screwed and made to believe that we got what we deserved, we will finally see the light.

  • Always skeptical about government programs that are supposed to be paying for themselves. Iraq invasion had talk of funding from oil revenue. Nope. Obamacare was budget neutral. Not a chance. Mexico border wall? Maybe that has a chance if we put withholding taxes on funds remitted into Mexico or some such, but I don’t put much credence into any government self funding program.

  • Forget the wall, Trump is wrong. Just bury all the nuclear waste 6 feet deep all along the border. That solution will kill 2-birds with one-stone, or stray atoms in this case. 😉 LOL

    Yucca Mountain is shutdown indefinitely. There is no single nuclear waste dump or recycling facility in operation in the USA that is accepting any waste! Nuclear waste is being stored in backyards of reactors and hospitals (nuclear medicine related) all over the country. All of it is a sitting time bomb waiting to contaminate and destroy by accident or a terrorist.

    Ultimate solution is to bury it in a place that no one cares about and where no one will reside for the next few billion years as the half-life of the waste gradually diminishes. The US/Mexico border is a perfect place to bury it and post signs as it’s already a desert wasteland. It also solves the fence problem, anyone crazy enough to pass through such a wasteland full of ionizing radiation will not have much of a life to look forward to as radiation sickness from high exposure kills off many fairly quickly.

  • There are literally a dozen ways for us to make them pay. Simple stuff.
    Withholding aid, imposing tariffs, adding a fee to all wire transfers to Mexico, etc..
    It will be glorious.

  • Mexico should pay for the wall to keep illegals sneaking into Mexico from the United States.
    Almost daily, there are thousands of American citizens paying coyotes to sneak across the border to seek a better life.
    They’ll work and get paid in cash, buy a case of beer and send the rest back to the U.S.