Mexico Insists It Will Not Pay for Trump's Border Wall

Mexican President Pena Nieto says he is ready to work with the president-elect to continue tightening bonds.

A newspaper rack with headlines about Donald Trump's victory, Mexico City, November 9, 2016.
Pedro Pardo, AFP

Mexico's foreign minister said on Wednesday the country's government would not pay for a wall along the U.S. border promised by President-elect Donald Trump.

"Paying for a wall is not part of our vision," foreign minister Claudia Ruiz Massieu told local television.

As part of his campaign, Trump vowed that he would build a massive border wall and make Mexico pay for it.

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Mexico President Enrique Pena Nieto and Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump shake hands after a joint statement at Los Pinos, the presidential official residence, in Mexico City, Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2016.
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Mexico's president, Enrique Pena Nieto, said he was ready to work with the president-elect to help bilateral relations, and that the two countries would continue to tighten bonds of cooperation and mutual respect.

Pena Nieto was heavily criticized for receiving Trump in Mexico during the campaign, after the Republican candidate called Mexican immigrants rapists and vowed to build a wall between the two countries.

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"Mexico and the United States are friends, partners and allies and we should keep collaborating for the competitiveness and development of North America," Pena Nieto said on his Twitter account.

Ruiz Massieu said that the government had maintained communication with Trump's campaign team ever since his visit to Mexico in August.

"There has been a fluid, daily communication with different members of the campaign," she said.

Trump has said he could tear up the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), which has increased commerce between Mexico, the United States and Canada, saying that it has killed U.S. jobs.