Mexico and President Donald Trump are once again publicly debating whether or not Mexico will pay for the construction of a border wall that Trump pushed for during his 2016 campaign for president.
"With Mexico being one of the highest crime nations in the world, we must have THE WALL," Trump said in an Aug. 27 tweet, according to Daily Mail. "Mexico will pay for it through reimbursement/other."
Trump also used Twitter to muse about the future of the North American Free Trade Agreement: "We are in NAFTA (worst trade deal ever made) renegotiation process with Mexico & Canada. Both being very difficult, may have to terminate?"
Mexico responded to Trump's tweets with a press release reiterating that it would not pay for the wall, but offering help to those affected by Hurricane Harvey in Texas.
"As the Mexican government has always stated, our country will not pay, under any circumstances, for a wall or physical barrier built on U.S. territory along the Mexican border," said the release. "This statement is not part of a Mexican negotiating strategy, but rather a principle of national sovereignty and dignity."
The Mexican statement also said that "the violence generated in Mexico by the illicit drugs, arms, and money trafficking between our countries" was a "shared problem" that would require "shared responsibility, teamwork, and mutual trust" to overcome.
"Mexico's position at the renegotiation table of [NAFTA] will continue to be serious and constructive, always putting our national interests first, and seeking a beneficial result whereby the three North American countries win," it continued.
"Mexico will not renegotiate NAFTA, nor any other aspect of the bilateral relationship, through social media or any other news platform," the statement added.
Lastly, the country offered a helping hand to those affected by Hurricane Harvey in Texas, where the storm has caused widespread flooding and damage. Mexico said that "good neighbors" should offer help "in trying times."
Mexico and Trump have had an ongoing disagreement over who will pay for the proposed border wall. Soon after taking office, Trump privately asked Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto to stop saying that the country would not pay for the wall, reports The Hill.
"You cannot say that to the press," said Trump in a Jan. 27 phone call with Nieto. "If you are going to say that Mexico is not going to pay for the wall, then I do not want to meet with you guys anymore because I cannot live with that."
Trump suggested that he and Nieto should say they would "work it out" rather than saying Mexico wouldn't pay for it.
Neto responded that the wall was an issue of "national pride" for Mexico, and while he said he would "stop talking" about the wall, he still did not agree that Mexico would pay for it.