Donald Trump said Monday that Mexico will not pay for his proposed wall on the border with the United States, which he has vowed to build with Mexico’s help.
| AP Photo Trump: Mexico will pay for the wall “Mexico will pay.”
Trump said in a tweet that the U.S. will continue to make Mexico “pay for the badly needed wall” and that the wall is not a priority for the U,S.
The statement was his most explicit public acknowledgement yet that Mexico would not pay.
The border wall will be paid for.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 13, 2018 Trump on Monday said that Mexico “will pay.”
“I can tell you this: Mexico won’t pay for it,” Trump said during a news conference.
“Mexico is going to have to pay for that wall, but that will be something that we’ll be discussing very, very carefully.
Mexico will be paying.”
In a statement Monday, a spokeswoman for Mexico’s foreign ministry said the country is “unwilling to pay the price of the border wall for the United Kingdom.”
The U.K. has pledged to contribute $8 billion to the wall, with $4 billion of that coming from the European Union and the other $1.3 billion from the United Nations.
The wall is the centerpiece of Trump’s effort to secure the U-M visa waiver program, which allows people from some of the world’s most troubled countries to enter the United State.
Trump, who is a leading candidate to become the GOP presidential nominee, has repeatedly said he will renegotiate or cancel the visa waiver deal.
The U-S visa waiver agreement provides temporary protection from deportation to people from more than 40 countries in Europe, Asia and North America, including some that are the subject of Trump-backed trade sanctions.
But some of those countries have not signed on to the pact, which was signed in 1996 by both parties.
In the interview with ABC News, Trump said he has not been given the green light to make changes to the agreement and added that he believes it needs to be renegotiated.
“I have not been told, by the White House, to do that,” he said.
“It needs to come back.
I’m going to renegotiate that deal.
I think it needs renegotiated.”
Trump also said that he would use a tax bill passed by Congress to make the border fence.
Trump said that if Congress does not pass a new border wall, he will go ahead with his planned building of a new wall along the U.-M visa-waiver border.
“We’re going to build a new, beautiful, beautiful wall on our southern border,” he told ABC News.
“If they don’t do it, then I will.”