The Mexican government opposes a border wall separating the U.S. and Mexico because it does not want to stop the northward flow of illegal drugs and undocumented immigrants across the border, counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway said Friday.
“Well they don’t want it, Gayle, because they want to continue to allow people and I assume drugs, since they’re not doing much to stop that, pouring over our borders,” Conway told “CBS This Morning” anchor Gayle King, who had asked her why Mexico should pay for a wall it does not want. “We have to look at America. Mexico should pay for that wall because they get an awful lot from this country through NAFTA and through other monetary disbursements.”
Conway said Mexican retaliation could be a possibility, but that ultimately Mexico’s economy is too dependent on its northern neighbor to badly damage the U.S. “They can do what they want, Charlie. Here’s the fact. The number one source of income into Mexico are Mexicans working here and sending the money back,” she told CBS anchor Charlie Rose. “All these trade deals that are really imbalanced. We just have to stop having people and drugs pour over the border.”