Spurred by President Donald Trump’s emphatic reiteration that it will eventually pay for a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, the Mexican government said in a statement Sunday that it will not fund such a project “under any circumstances.”
“As the Mexican government has always stated, our country will not pay, under any circumstances, for a wall or physical barrier built on US territory along the Mexican border,” the statement from Mexico’s foreign ministry read. “This statement is not part of a Mexican negotiating strategy, but rather a principle of national sovereignty and dignity.”
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Trump’s promise to construct a border wall has reentered the spotlight in recent days, with the president declaring at a rally in Phoenix last week that he is prepared to shut down the government if Congress does not include money to begin constructing the wall in a must-pass funding bill due by the end of September. He has argued that construction cannot wait for Mexico to accede to his long-held demand that it pay for the wall and that Congress should instead fund the wall on the assumption that the Mexican government will eventually pay the U.S. back.
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