WASHINGTON. – US President Donald Trump has further increased tensions with Mexico on Thursday when he advised President Enrique Peña Nieto to cancel his visit to Washington if he does not want to pay for the wall that will be built on the border between the two countries
"If Mexico does not want to pay for the wall we need so much, we'd better cancel its next visit," the president said on Twitter, referring to the meeting originally scheduled for next Tuesday.
Trump said that the United States has a trade deficit with Mexico of around 60 billion dollars. "It has been a one-sided agreement since the start of the North American Free Trade Agreement with huge numbers of jobs and lost businesses," Trump said.
The US president signed two decrees on strengthening immigration monitoring on Wednesday, the first of which determines the "immediate" start of steps to build a "physical wall" on the border.
Speaking to ABC News, Trump insisted that Mexico will pay for the gigantic work, which could cost up to $ 50 billion, according to various sources.
President Peña Nieto affirmed the previous day, in a message to the nation, that his country will not pay for the wall, while several Mexican political parties pressured him to cancel the visit to Washington
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