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Mexican President Reiterates Mexico Won’t Pay For Trump’s Wall

On Wednesday, President-elect Donald Trump assured Americans that while taxpayers will initially fund his border wall, Mexico will eventually reimburse the cost. “I don’t feel like waiting a year or year and a half,” Trump told the media at his first press conference in nearly six months. “We’re going to start building. Mexico in some form, and there are many different forms, will reimburse us and they will reimburse us for the cost of the wall.” But later on Wednesday, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto explained that would not be the case. “It is evident that we have some differences with the new government of the United States, like the topic of the wall, that Mexico of course will not pay,” Peña Nieto told foreign diplomats in a speech. This is not the first time Peña Nieto has taken a firm stance on the issue; after a September meeting with Trump, he insisted he “made it clear that Mexico will not pay for the wall.”

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