Trump Follows Through on His Highly Unrealistic Promise to Build a Wall
- Author: Ronnie Bowen Jan 29, 2017,
Jan 29, 2017, 1:00
Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto on Thursday announced through Twitter that he will not attend a planned meeting on January 31 with Trump, hours after Trump tweeted the meeting should be canceled if Mexico won't pay for the wall.
Mexican president Enrique Pena Nieto and United States president Donald Trump in August previous year.
In his first seven days in office, the new USA president has ordered the construction of a border wall between the United States and Mexico, passed a slew of anti-immigrant policies, created a diplomatic crisis with its southern neighbor via Twitter, and then patched things up-somewhat.
On Thursday, White House spokesman Sean Spicer sent the Mexican peso falling to its low for the day when he told reporters Mr Trump wanted a 20 per cent tax on Mexican imports to pay for the wall.
Trump has also sent tremors through the Mexican economy by vowing to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement - involving the United States, Mexico and Canada - and tax imports to the United States. "We're talking about headlines from Mexico", Leinwand said.
The two chief executives also agreed for now "not to speak publicly about this controversial theme", said the statement from the Mexican president's office, apparently alluding to the dispute about payment for the wall.
"In the weeks to come, we are going to be completely driven by headlines", said Jason Leinwand, founder and CEO of FirstLine FX.
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"We recognize that it is the beginning of a new relationship with President Trump and his government".
Trump, in turn, blamed Mexico for the problems along the border while speaking at a GOP retreat in Philadelphia. He often led his supporters in chants of "build the wall, build the wall". "That made us look foolish".
Trump says he will begin a major clampdown on illegal immigration, forcing so-called "sanctuary cities to cooperation in their arrest and deportation".
Today, Trump signed two executive orders that include proposals related to immigration and national security.
Imports to the US from Mexico in 2015 were valued at $316.4 billion.
Pena Nieto's message on Twitter ended days of uncertainty about how he would respond to Trump's aggressive stance toward the country, and illustrated the challenges world leaders are likely to face in dealing with Trump's voluble, Twitter-based diplomacy.
Leaders of the Republican-controlled U.S. Congress said on Thursday they planned to move ahead on funding the border wall, which they projected would cost between $12 billion and $15 billion.