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Mexico President Enrique Pena Nieto and Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump shake hands after a joint statement at Los Pinos, the presidential official residence, in Mexico City, Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2016. Trump is calling his surprise visit to Mexico City Wednesday a 'great honor.' The Republican presidential nominee said after meeting with Pena Nieto that the pair had a substantive, direct and constructive exchange of ideas.(AP Photo/Dario Lopez-Mills)

Mexico wouldn't pay for the wall so Trump announced he'll impose a border tax


Just hours after Mexican president Enrique Peña Nieto cancelled a meeting with President Trump over renewed tension involving the US' southern border, Sean Spicer, the White House press secretary, announced that Trump will pay for the wall by imposing a 20 percent tax on Mexican imports, according to CNN.

"By doing it that we can do $10 billion a year and easily pay for the wall just through that mechanism alone," Spicer said. "That's really going to provide the funding," 

Spicer told NBC News that the tax is not a policy proposal. 

In the brief press gaggle on Air Force One,  Spicer told reporters  that Trump wants the measure to be included in a comprehensive reform package. He added, "We've been in close contact with both houses [of Congress] in moving forward and creating a plan."

He wouldn't, however, clarify how the border tax would affect American consumers. 

The tax could cause a price surge in American goods.

And there could be unintended consequences.

On Wednesday, Trump signed an executive order that formally initiated the process of constructing a border wall, vowing that Mexico would pay for it. Getting wind of the news, Nieto told the White House that he wouldn't be attending the meeting set to occur next Tuesday.

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