Trump still wants Mexico to pay for border wall


At Friday's G-20 summit in Hamburg, Germany, President Trump fielded questions about his long talked about plans to construct a wall along the U.S. -Mexico border to stem the flow of illegal immigration.

"We didn't touch on that subject in our conversation, which lasted about half an hour - partly because we have a well-known, significant difference of opinion on that", he said.

"We've all had a very successful day and a very interesting day", Trump said before being asked about the border wall. "We're negotiating NAFTA and some other things with Mexico".

In January, Pena Nieto cancelled a trip to Washington in response to Trump's insistence on the issue, plunging the countries' relations into their biggest crisis in decades. "The president also agreed for now to not talk publicly about this controversial issue", the statement read, according to Reuters.

Pena Nieto was scheduled to be among Trump's first global White House guests but abruptly canceled the visit after Trump moved forward with plans to construct a border wall along the U.S. Yet, Trump's wall blueprints have been a source of tension between the two leaders in recent months.

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That visit turned into a public relations nightmare for Pena Nieto, who was lambasted for welcoming the brash Republican billionaire despite his insults and threats. People have debated whether he meant "there's no way" Mexico could pay for such a massive project, or if he was saying "there's no way" they would, but the gist is the same.

His insistence that Mexico would pay and Mexico's insistence that it would not led to a war of words in January. Nieto turned his head toward Trump, seemingly in disbelief.

This border wall construction is expected to start in spring 2018 and the White House remains unclear about how Mexico will actually pay for it.

Another official said the meeting went well and that "the wall was not the issue".