Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto is planning to cancel his scheduled meeting with Donald Trump next week.
Peña Nieto may scrap the planned Jan. 31 huddle because of Trump’s executive order authorizing the construction of a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, The Associated Press said Wednesday.
MEXICO CITY (AP) _ Official: Mexican president `considering' canceling trip to Washington following Trump border wall order.
— Ken Thomas (@KThomasDC) January 25, 2017
The AP confirmed with a Mexican official in Mexico City that Peña Nieto is “considering” cancelling the rendezvous.
Wednesday morning Trump signed an executive order directing federal agencies to begin construction of a wall along the United States’ southern border.
Trump has repeatedly vowed Mexico will fund the structure, but admitted during an ABC News interview Wednesday that U.S. funds are necessary for beginning its construction. Trump said, “I’m just telling you there will be a payment. As soon as we can. As soon as we can physically do it.”
“I would say in months,” Trump added when pressed on a timeline for building the barrier. “Certainly planning is starting immediately.”
Peña Nieto, meanwhile, has frequently insisted Mexico will not fund Trump’s wall, saying on Jan. 14 the plan “goes against our dignity as a country.”