This week, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto snubbed President-Elect Trump’s plan for Mexico to pay for the border wall, saying it goes “against our dignity as a country.”
According to The Guardian, Peña Nieto spoke to a group of Mexican diplomats regarding the country’s effort to sign a newly updated free-trade agreement with the European Union.
Discussing the fundamental relationship between Mexico and the U.S., he said, “All matters that define our bilateral relationship are on the table, including security, immigration, and commerce.”
During his campaign, Trump told his supporters that he promised to make Mexico pay for the U.S. to build a wall along its southern border.
Because of Trump’s strict tone regarding Mexico during his presidential campaign, tensions have continued to grow between the two countries.
“It is evident that we have differences with the new United States government on some issues, such as a wall that Mexico absolutely will not pay for. At no time will we accept anything that goes against our dignity as a country and our dignity as Mexicans,” Peña Nieto said.
He continued, “Basic principles such as sovereignty, the national interest, and the protection of our citizens are non-negotiable.”
As Trump has vowed to impose large tariffs on Mexican exports, U.S. companies such as Carrier and Ford have decided to abandon their planned moves to Mexico, causing the economic future of Mexico to come into question.
H/T: The Hill
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