Mexico: We’re Still Not Paying For Trump’s Wall
Mexico’s leaders say they’re willing to work with Donald Trump—but they’re still not paying for his border wall. Paying for a wall is “out of our vision,” and “the vision that we have is a vision of integration, of how Mexico and the United States working together are more competitive,” Mexican Foreign Minister Claudia Ruiz Massieu said early Wednesday, per the New York Times. President Enrique Pena Nieto—who claimed to have told Trump he wouldn’t pay for the wall when the Republican visited Mexico in August—said he had called Trump to congratulate him and he welcomed the president-elect’s promise to find “common ground” with other countries.
But whether common ground can be found or not, analysts predict that hard times lie ahead for Mexico after Trump’s win, Reuters reports. The peso plunged after the election result amid fears that Trump’s plan to renegotiate or dump NAFTA would wreck the country’s economy. Ironically, a worsening economy in Mexico could drive many people north of the border after years in which more Mexicans have returned to their homeland than have crossed the border illegally to work. “You generate an economic crisis in Mexico, and all of those gains we have seen in terms of zero migration go down the tubes,” former Mexican lawmaker Agustin Barrios Gomez tells the Times.
TRANSLATION: We are screwed!