Hours after Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto said he’d warned Donald Trump that Mexico would not pay for any wall between the two countries, Trump doubled down yesterday and told a crowd in Phoenix that Mexico would cover all costs of the wall.
“Mexico will pay for the wall, 100 percent. They don’t know it yet, but they’re going to pay for it,” Trump said in a fiery immigration speech Wednesday night, adding that the wall would be “beautiful” and “impenetrable.” Read more at CNN.
Meanwhile, a spokesman for Mexican President Nieto told Reuters that he and Trump did discuss Mexico paying for the wall Trump promises to build if elected. The spokesman said that Nieto told Trump Mexico would not pay for it. The president himself said the same thing in a follow-up tweet. “At the beginning of the conversation with Donald Trump I made it clear that Mexico will not pay for the wall,” Nieto claimed.