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Mexican President Tells Trump Mexico Won't Pay For Wall

| by Kathryn Schroeder
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Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto says he told Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump during their Aug. 31 meeting in Mexico City that his country will not pay for a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border.

“At the start of the conversation with Donald Trump, I made it clear that Mexico will not pay for the wall,” Pena Nieto tweeted after meeting with Trump, according to a translation by CNN.

At a news conference following the meeting, Trump told a reporter he did not discuss payment for the wall with Pena Nieto.

"Who pays for the wall? We didn't discuss," Trump said. "We did discuss the wall. We didn't discuss payment of the wall. That'll be for a later date."

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Later that day, Trump traveled to Phoenix to give a speech on immigration and reiterated that under his administration the wall will be built and that Mexico will pay for it, Reuters reports.

"We will build a great wall along the southern border," Trump said. "And Mexico will pay for the wall -- 100 percent. They don't know it yet, but they're going to pay for the wall."

He also said that anyone living illegally in the U.S. would not be given amnesty and they would have only one option to gain legal status, “to return home and apply for re-entry.”

"Our message to the world will be this: You cannot obtain legal status or become a citizen of the United States by illegally entering our country," Trump said.

"People will know you can't just smuggle in, hunker down and wait to be legalized," he said. "Those days are over."

Sources: CNN, Enrique Pena Nieto/TwitterReuters / Photo credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr

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