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IMAGE U.S.-Mexican border Donald Trump expected to announce immigration restrictions on Wednesday
Saul Franklin | 31 January, 2017, 03:46

US President Donald Trump said his Mexican counterpart Enrique Pena Nieto should cancel his upcoming visit to Washington if Mexico refuses to pay for a wall along the border.

"Ultimately, it will come out of what's happening with Mexico. and we will be in a form reimbursed by Mexico, which I've always said", Trump said.

Workers continue work raising a taller fence in the Mexico-US border separating Mexico's Anapra from Sunland Park in the state of New Mexico, January 25, 2017. Trade and investment between the two nations create wealth for both nations, and for innumerable American companies, workers and consumers, all of whom would be harmed by a trade war.

Carlos Slim described the United States president as "a great negotiator" and downplayed the threat Trump's administration may represent for Mexico.

A security wall along the Mexican border was one of Mr Trump's key campaign pledges and is created to stem the flow of illegal immigrants into the US.

Mr Trump's executive order directs that existing funding be used to start construction and orders Congress to pass legislation to further pay for it.

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While President Trump has insisted Mexico will pay for it, Mexico has strongly denied that claim time and time again. "I have no choice", Mr Trump said, marking a new low in US-Mexican relations.

Trump described the call as "very, very friendly", and said he looks forward to the negotiations over the coming months.

He repeated Trump's insistence that "Mexico will pay for it", something Mexico has long disputed.

He also confirmed his plans to build the US-Mexico border wall with federal funds and then seek reimbursement from Mexico City.

Reince Priebus, the White House chief of staff, later said that the border tax is only one of several options being considered. Trump says it would take $8 billion to build the wall, estimates suggest it would be more than double which would be paid for by the American tax payers if Trump is unable to get Mexico to pay for the wall. The two leaders were supposed to meet on Thursday to talk about immigration, trade and drug-war cooperation.

Asked how serious Trump is about the tax proposal, Cornyn replied, "We're getting mixed signals from the administration on it". Peña closed his statement by offering friendship to the people of the United States.

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