Former Mexican President Vicente Fox on Friday reiterated for President-elect Donald Trump that his country will not pay “for that f—– wall.”
Fox has been quite vocal about the matter, in fact, once before apologizing for using such harsh language, in an attempt to smooth things over with Trump.
An apology is very unlikely to be forthcoming this time. “TRUMP, when will you understand that I am not paying for that fucken wall. Be clear with US tax papers. They will pay for it,” Fox told Trump in a tweet.
TRUMP, when will you understand that I am not paying for that fucken wall. Be clear with US tax payers. They will pay for it.
— Vicente Fox Quesada (@VicenteFoxQue) January 6, 2017
“Trump may ask whoever he wants, but still neither myself nor Mexico are going to pay for his racist monument,” Fox tweeted earlier in the week. “Another promise he can’t keep.”
On Thursday evening, reports surfaced that Trump was coordinating with House Republicans in order to build the proposed wall using U.S. taxpayer dollars, despite his repeated campaign pledge — and a cornerstone of his entire presidential bid — that not only will he build the border wall, but that Mexico would pay for it.
However, on Friday, Trump seemed to concede that American taxpayers would foot the bill for the wall. In a tweet blasting the “dishonest media” for using his own words, Trump wrote that “any money spent on building the Great Wall (for sake of speed), will be paid back by Mexico later.”
The dishonest media does not report that any money spent on building the Great Wall (for sake of speed), will be paid back by Mexico later!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 6, 2017
During his campaign, Trump’s team published a memo that proposed putting pressure on Mexico to pay for the wall by cutting off remittances sent from undocumented Mexican workers in the United States. The memo estimated that Mexico’s economy receives $24 billion a year from remittances.
“It’s an easy decision for Mexico: make a one-time payment of $5-10 billion to ensure that $24 billion continues to flow into their country year after year,” the memo said.
Trump’s top aide Kellyanne Conway said the president-elect was not going back on his campaign promise to have Mexico pay for the wall.
“Nothing has changed from our perspective. Congress is taking it on themselves to explore different options to pay for the wall,” she told CBS News’ “This Morning” program on Friday.
“Obviously, we respect federalism, and if Congress is trying to find different ways to fund this project that is a top priority of President(-elect) Trump, then they should do that,” she said.