By REBECCA MORIN, POLITICO
Mexico’s foreign minister denied Tuesday that his country would pay for a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, after President Donald Trump once again told reporters it would happen.
Trump, speaking just a day after touting a new trade agreement with Mexico, told reporters following a meeting with Gianni Infantino, president of the international soccer governing body FIFA, that Mexico will “easily” pay for a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.
“It will ultimately be paid for by Mexico,” Trump said.
Trump, who has taken a hard stance on immigration, has called for a border wall since early in his presidential campaign. He said Mexico would pay for it, which Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto has denied.
“We just reached a trade understanding with the US, and the outlook for the relationship between our two countries is very positive. We will NEVER pay for a wall, however,” Mexican Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray Caso tweeted Tuesday afternoon. “That has been absolutely clear from the very beginning.”
Trump has asked Congress for $25 billion to be allocated to building a wall. Currently, the Senate is angling to give Trump $1.6 billion for the wall.