Overnight, president-elect Donald Trump appeared to do a significant back-flip on the project that he is now calling his Great Wall, a permanent barrier that will sit on the US–Mexican border to keep immigrants out.
Despite repeated promises that Mexico would be made to pay for the construction, it emerged this week that Trump will have US taxpayers cough up the funds, then … somehow have Mexico reimburse them down the line.
Former Mexican president Vicente Fox Quesada, who led the country between 2000 and 2006, took to Twitter overnight to mock the plan, saying that his country would never pay for such a wall.
“Trump may ask whoever he wants, but still neither myself nor Mexico are going to pay for his racist monument,” Fox said of the project. “Another promise he can’t keep.”
Trump may ask whoever he wants, but still neither myself nor Mexico are going to pay for his racist monument.
Another promise he can’t keep.
— Vicente Fox Quesada (@VicenteFoxQue) January 6, 2017
Last September, Mexico’s current president Enrique Peña Nieto said on Twitter: “I repeat what I told you personally Mr Trump: Mexico will never pay for a wall.” The country’s Foreign Secretary Claudia Ruiz Massieu later added:
“We’ve been very clear that Mexico will never consider paying for a wall that puts barriers between our two countries. We will not pay for it, because it goes against everything we believe our two countries can do together, are doing together.”
Trump has not said how he will force the Mexican government to reimburse the US for the proposed wall, although he has threatened to pull out of the North American Free Trade Agreement.
The president-elect has previously referred to the trilateral agreement, originally supported by his Republican predecessor George H.W. Bush, as the “worst deal” that the US ever signed
If America withdrew, its government could place tariffs on goods imported from Mexico and Canada, although economists have argued that this could ultimately raise prices for American consumers.
Earlier this week, Trump threatened Japanese company Toyota with a heavy “border tax” on cars built in Mexico, although the auto-maker has said that it US employment will not decrease as a result of is new Mexican plant.
Source: The Independent.
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