If the message from other high-ranking officials was not enough, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto says that Donald Trump‘s idea of getting his country to cover the bill for a wall across the border is never going to happen.
The Mexican head of state recently sat down with CNN’s Fareed Zakaria for a wide-range discussion that eventually turned to the fact that Trump has been creating friction with Mexico and immigrants ever since he started running for president.
Though the real estate mogul continually promises that America’s southern neighbor will pay for the construction of a wall that will end illegal immigration, Peña Nieto emphatically told Zakaria “there is no way that Mexico can pay [for] a wall like that.”
Peña Nieto also took issue with Trump’s negative characterizations of Hispanic immigrants, as well as Trump’s charge that the Mexican government is engaged in a conspiracy to use the United States as a dumping ground for criminals.
“I cannot agree with such a generalization for Mexicans,” Peña Nieto said. “There is no way to agree with comments like these which describe all Mexicans in such a way.”
In terms of the election itself, Peña Nieto said that Mexico would respect whomever America chooses as its next president, and would find a way to create a “positive and constructive relation.”
Watch above, via CNN.
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