The Mexican government again stressed its position that it will not pay for President Donald Trump’s proposed border wall. Trump tweeted Sunday morning: “With Mexico being one of the highest crime Nations in the world, we must have THE WALL. Mexico will pay for it through reimbursement/other.”
In response, the country’s foreign ministry released a statement saying Mexico would not pay for a wall or other physical barrier at the border “under any circumstances.” “This determination is not part of a Mexican negotiating strategy, but a principle of national sovereignty and dignity,” the statement said.
Earlier this month, Trump threatened a government shutdown should Congress not allocate money to build the wall that Mexico has refused to fund. The deadline for passing a spending bill to keep the government open is at the end of next month.
The Mexican foreign ministry’s statement also addressed Trump’s comment regarding crime in Mexico. The ministry said the crime is a “shared problem” for both countries and is caused in part by US demand for Mexican narcotics.