Maegan McCart– February 1, 2017
The president of Mexico cancelled his trip to the US for a meeting with Trump. On January 25, 2017, Mr. Trump signed an executive order to “beef up” the nation’s deportation force and start construction on a new wall along the border. The timing of the order came on the first day of talks between top Mexican officials and their counterparts in Washington, and just days before the meeting between the two presidents.
On Wednesday, Trump had tweeted “it would be better to skip the meeting if Peña Nieto continued to insist Mexico would not pay for the wall” a statement that the Mexican leader had said as recently as Wednesday evening. “If Mexico is unwilling to pay for the badly needed wall, then it would be better to cancel the upcoming meeting,” Trump tweeted earlier he noted the US’s trade deficit with Mexico and American job losses were caused by NAFTA. Mr. Trump’s push to fulfill his campaign pledge and build a border wall brought to a head months of simmering tensions, reaching a climax in a remarkable back-and-forth between the two leaders.
By Wednesday afternoon, Mr. Trump’s spokesman said the president would pay for the border wall by imposing a 20% tax on imports to the United States, which he said would raise billions of dollars, which prompted the Mexican President to cancel the meeting with Trump.