President Donald Trump on Sunday renewed his pledge to make Mexico pay for the construction of a border wall between the U.S and Mexico, days after threatening to trigger a government shutdown if congressional Republicans don’t include funding as they tackle a spending bill due Sept. 30.
“With Mexico being one of the highest crime nations in the world, we must have THE WALL,” Trump tweeted, adding that, “Mexico will pay for it through reimbursement/other.”
The president did not elaborate on how Mexico would cover the cost. The White House previously has suggested that one possibility is a 20 percent tax on imports from Mexico.
In a subsequent Twitter post, Trump also said both Mexico and Canada were being “very difficult” in talks to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement, which he called the “worst trade deal ever made,” and said the U.S. might have to simply terminate it.
Mexico’s foreign minister, Luis Videgaray, said Aug. 23 that Nafta talks are continuing and if Trump really wanted to break up…
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