Mexico Ignores Trump's Border Wall Shakedown, Offers Aid to Texas

With a clear, diplomatic response, the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Sunday quashed President Donald Trump's latest attempt to convince the public that Mexico will pay for the border wall he promised his supporters, and debunked a number of his other repeated claims about the United States' southern neighbor-while offering help to the U.S.as Texas copes with the impact of Hurricane Harvey.

Trump has promised to build the border wall during his 2016 presidential bid.

In a separate tweet, Trump hit on another favorite refrain: getting Mexico to pay for a wall on the southwest border.

The statement was a direct response to a sweeping series of tweets by President Donald Trump on August 27, in which he touched on NAFTA, the border wall and the Missouri Senate campaign amid updates on tropical storm Harvey off the southeast coast of Texas.


Donald Trump vowed Monday that Mexico would be made to pay for the construction of a wall on the southern U.S. border, a key campaign pledge the president is struggling to finance, AFP reports.

Homeland security adviser Tom Bossert said on ABC's "This Week" Sunday that he was confident Congress would meet Trump's budget request and wouldn't speculate on whether the president would veto a measure without it.

"We are in the NAFTA (worst trade deal ever made) renegotiation process with Mexico & Canada".

"Only on the basis of the principles of shared responsibility, teamwork and mutual trust can we overcome this challenge".


The Mexican Foreign Ministry's statement also rejected Trump's comment regarding Mexico being one of the highest crime nations in the world, saying the issue is a "shared problem" for both countries and is caused in part by American demand for Mexican narcotics. "That's right. It may be through reimbursement, but one way or the other, Mexico will pay for the wall".

Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto has repeatedly said the country would not be footing the bill for the wall.

"As good neighbors should always do in trying times", they wrote.



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