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Secretary of economy says Mexico will never pay for wall

Mexico City, Mexico —  Mexico’s secretary of economy said that the country will never pay for the border wall, an issue that became clear since the beginning of the renegotiation of NAFTA. He added that President Donald Trump confused the gains around the treaty.

Ildefonso Guajardo, Secretary of Economy, said that Mexico will never pay for the border wall, thus it became clear since the beginning of the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

“Mexico will never pay for the wall, never. President Trump makes an association of ideas ‘with the profits that we get from the FTA, I’m going to pay the wall’, but he’s a bit confused because the surpluses or trade deficits are between individuals, they are not public resources, ” said Guajardo.

“Neither the issue of the wall nor the financing are part of this discussion,” he added.

The secretary’s statements are made after US President Donald Trump said that the NAFTA renegotiations could give his country a mechanism for Mexico to pay for the border wall.

“They (Mexico) can pay indirectly through NAFTA,” the president said in an interview with The Wall Street Journal. “We make a good deal with NAFTA and, say, I’m going to take a small percentage of that money that’s going to go straight to the wall. Guess? Mexico pays.”

Trump also assured that he will be flexible with the negotiation dates and that they could resume after the presidential elections in Mexico.

President Enrique Peña Nieto said he is optimistic that an agreement will be reached in the renegotiation of the treaty. “I look with optimism on the possibility of reaching an agreement that benefits the three member countries,” he said.

Peña Nieto declared that the renegotiation of the agreement will be a central theme of foreign policy in 2018. He noted that, regardless of the outcome of the negotiations, Canada, the United States and Mexico they will remain close partners.