In a statement released Sunday, Mexico's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said the country would not "under any circumstances" pay for the multibillion-dollar border wall. As the Washington Post reported Monday, Mexico provided significant aid to the U.S.in the wake of Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
One of Trump's principle campaign promises was to build a wall at the southern border and have Mexico pay for it, CNN reported. A renewed play to energize his base has also meant fresh attacks on Mexico, which Trump has once again begun demanding pay for its construction.
Over the weekend, U.S. President Donald J. Trump took to twitter to criticize the negotiation process.
Mexico's Foreign Ministry said in a statement, 'As the government of Mexico has always maintained, our country will not pay, under any circumstances and under any circumstances, a wall or physical barrier built on United States territory along the Mexican border.
Still, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders later told reporters that threat doesn't necessarily mean Mexico won't pay for the barrier.
The Mexican Foreign Ministry's statement also rejected Trump's comment regarding Mexico being one of the highest crime nations in the world, saying the issue is a "shared problem" for both countries and is caused in part by American demand for Mexican narcotics.
Mexico is offering to help flood-ravaged Texas, The Dallas Morning News is reporting.
It's hard to think of this as Trump's first national crisis of his presidency, since every single day feels like a new outlandish crisis of epic proportions.
Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 27, 2017We are in the NAFTA (worst trade deal ever made) renegotiation process with Mexico & Canada.Both being very hard, may have to terminate?
Trump also said on Twitter that both Mexico and Canada were being "very difficult" in talks to renegotiate Nafta, which he called the "worst trade deal ever made", and he said the US might have to simply terminate it.
The next round of negotiations is scheduled for September 1-5 in Mexico, and the U.S., Mexico and Canada ended the first round with a joint statement saying they're committed to wrapping up the negotiations quickly with a far-reaching deal.