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Mexican President Again Says Country Will Not Pay for Trump's Border Wall

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By    |   Thursday, 12 Jan 2017 07:48 AM

Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto reiterated his stance that his country would not pay for U.S. President-elect Donald Trump's planned U.S.-Mexico border wall.

"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," Pena Nieto told a gathering of senior Mexican diplomats on Wednesday, CNN reports.

The Mexican leader stressed that he wants a positive relations with the U.S. and said there are several issues on which Mexico and the U.S. could cooperate, CNN reported.

During his press conference on Wednesday, Trump said, "Reports went out last week, 'Oh, Mexico is not going to pay for the wall because of a reimbursement.' What's the difference? I want to get the wall started."

CNN notes the president-elect said he would use U.S. money to fund the wall construction, then get Mexico to reimburse for the cost, but he did not say how he would get Mexico to pay the reimbursement.

"We're going to build a wall," said Trump. "I could wait about a year-and-a-half until we finish our negotiations with Mexico, which we'll start immediately when we get to office, but I don't want to wait."

Mexican Senator Laura Angelica Rojas Hernandez of the rightest PAN party said Pena Nieto should take a stronger stance against Trump, in a statement reported by El Universal.

"He needs to say that Mexico won't be paying a single cent…the Mexican government's inaction is exasperating," she said.

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