Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto has canceled a meeting with US President Donald Trump after an executive order on construction of the wall was signed yesterday. Peña Nieto said in a tweet that this morning, they had informed the White House that he will not be attending the meeting scheduled for next Tuesday.
The executive order signed yesterday was to start construction of the wall, which Trump proposed during his presidential campaign. Mexico opposition called for legal action against Trump over wall and also asked for the meeting to be cancelled after the executive order was signed.
The nearly 2000-mile US – Mexico border is fenced on some parts but the plan is to build a wall, which recent estimates say could cost billions of dollars. Mr. Trump has said US taxpayers will initially fund the wall and that Mexico will pay for his planned wall later. But Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto has said a few times that his country will not be paying for a wall. Mr. Trump had not mentioned how he would make Mexico pay for the planned wall but earlier today it was reported that the US president wants to fund the wall with import tax on goods from Mexico.
US President Donald Trump estimates the wall will cost $8 billion but other estimates say it could cost between $15-25 billion. The meeting had not been canceled on Wednesday but Mr. Trump tweeted earlier today that if they are not willing to pay for the needed wall, then it would be better to cancel the meeting. Mr. Trump said later today that he and the Mexican president had agreed to scrap their plans for the meeting.
The meeting, scheduled for next Tuesday, was not cancelled after the executive orders were signed but opposition leaders had asked for it to be cancelled. A few months ago, Mr. Trump visited Mexico to meet with Enrique Peña Nieto.