President of Mexico Enrique Peña Nieto has canceled his trip to Washington, following US President Donald Trump’s order to begin construction on the border wall between the two countries.
“This morning we have informed the White House that I will not attend the meeting scheduled for next Tuesday with the [President of the United States],” Nieto announced via Twitter.
Mexico's president says he's informed the White House he has canceled a trip to Washington to meet with President Donald Trump amid tension over a border wall, according to AP.
Trump in his harsh message underlined that if Mexico is not going to pay for a border wall, "then it would be better to cancel the upcoming meeting."
Earlier Trump started to fulfil promises from ordering to begin wall constructions on U.S.- Mexico border, at the same time reflecting on CIA secret detention program.
White House press secretary Sean Spicer stated that Trump`s team would stay open for dialogue with its neighbour. According to Washington Trump "will keep the lines of communication open" with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto and will "look for a date to schedule something in the future".
Later, Trump via Twitter noted that U.S. bears losses from unfair NAFTA deal, giving an example of 60 billion dollar trade deficit with Mexico.
"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."