Trump: Mexico Should Cancel the Meeting If They Won't Pay For the Wall

Trump scheduled to meet with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto next week at the WH


WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday his Mexican counterpart, Enrique Pena Nieto, should cancel his scheduled visit to Washington if Mexico refuses to pay for a wall he has ordered constructed along the border.

"The U.S. has a 60 billion dollar trade deficit with Mexico. It has been a one-sided deal from the beginning of NAFTA with massive numbers... of jobs and companies lost. If Mexico is unwilling to pay for the badly needed wall, then it would be better to cancel the upcoming meeting," Trump said on Twitter.

His message could undo a planned summit next week during which the two leaders were expected to address a relationship frayed by the new U.S. president's determination to build a wall along their shared border and to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement.

Even before Trump's tweet, Pena Nieto faced growing pressure at home to scrap the meeting over objections to the border wall.
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