Border wall issue: Mexican President calls off the trip to US
Nieto tweeted that White House was informed of his decision to call off the trip which was scheduled for January 31
Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto on Friday cancelled his trip to the US after President Donald Trump asked him to cancel his tour if Mexico couldn't pay for the wall to stop illegal migrants from crossing the border and entering the US.
Trump has put forwarded a 20 per cent tax on imports to Mexico to pay for the wall on US-Mexico border.
Nieto tweeted that White House was informed of his decision to call off the trip which was scheduled for January 31.
Esta mañana hemos informado a la Casa Blanca que no asistiré a la reunión de trabajo programada para el próximo martes con el @POTUS.
— Enrique Peña Nieto (@EPN) January 26, 2017
He also denounced Trump's decision to build the wall. “Mexico does not believe in walls. I have said it time and again, we will not pay for any wall,” said the Mexican.
The US already has a trade deficit of $60 billion with Mexico which Nieto has asserted several times in the past. Trump, who took charge six days ago, also said that The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) always had been a one-sided deal.
The authorities have signed two executive orders that were developed for construction of a wall on the US-Mexico border. The border stretches around 3,100 km long and passes through empty, dusty desert to lush and rugged surroundings.
Some 1,046 km of the border is already fenced with a series of concrete structures and other substances. Trump's wall will reportedly cover around 1,600 km.