Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto on Thursday called out Donald Trump on Twitter, insisting that his country will “never” pay for the Republican nominee’s proposed massive wall along the US-Mexico border.
Peña Nieto was responding to a tweet from Trump earlier on Thursday claiming that “Mexico will pay for the wall!”
“I repeat what I told you personally, Mr. Trump: Mexico will never pay for a wall,” Peña Nieto fired back in Spanish.
The two men met on Wednesday in Mexico City and delivered a joint statement and press conference afterward.
Asked about whether payment of the wall was discussed between the two leaders, Trump answered that it was not.
“We didn’t discuss payment of the wall,” Trump said. “That will be for a later date.”
But Peña Nieto tweeted later that he “made it clear” to Trump that Mexico wouldn’t pay for the wall at the onset of their private meeting.
“At the beginning of my conversation with Donald Trump I made it clear that Mexico would not pay for the wall,” Peña Nieto tweeted on Wednesday evening.
During his major immigration speech later on Wednesday night in Arizona, Trump insisted that Mexico will “100%” pay for the wall.
“We will build a great wall along the southern border,” Trump said. “And Mexico will pay for the wall. One hundred percent. They don’t know it yet, but they’re going to pay for the wall. Great people, and great leaders, but they’re going to pay for the wall.”
Trump then said during a Thursday rally in Ohio that “Mexico is going to pay for the wall,” which was met with a raucous cheer from his supporters.
Late Wednesday night, a Wall Street Journal editor tweeted that a spokesman for Peña Nieto told him that the Mexican president opened the meeting with Trump by flatly saying that Mexico wouldn’t pay for the wall. Trump reportedly did not respond, so there was “no discussion.”
Because of that, the spokesman said that Trump wasn’t lying when he said that payment of the wall was not discussed.