UPDATE 12 EST: Mexico's president has canceled his meeting with President Trump.
Translation: “This morning we informed the White House that I will not attend a business meeting planned for next Tuesday with the POTUS."
In a tweet, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto said this morning he had informed the White House that he would not be attending next week's planned business meeting.
Earlier on Thursday in a series of morning tweets, President Trump threatened to cancel an upcoming meeting with Peña Nieto if Mexico would not pay for the border wall.
Peña Nieto has repeatedly insisted Mexico will not pay for the border wall.
The U.S. has a 60 billion dollar trade deficit with Mexico. It has been a one-sided deal from the beginning of NAFTA with massive numbers...— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 26, 2017
Here are Trump's two tweets on the meeting.
of jobs and companies lost. If Mexico is unwilling to pay for the badly needed wall, then it would be better to cancel the upcoming meeting.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 26, 2017
Peña Nieto tweeted a video Wednesday night defending his position.
In the video, Peña Nieto says, "Mexico does not believe in walls. I've said time and time again, Mexico will not pay for any wall."
He also said he had asked the nation's minister of foreign relations to enforce measures to protect Mexican citizens in the U.S.
On Monday, he said he was willing to negotiate with the U.S. as long as Mexico's sovereignty was respected.
On Wednesday, Trump said the border wall would start going up in "months."
As soon as we can, as soon as we can physically do it.
He also said the wall would be "good for Mexico," and he wants the nation to be "very stable, very solid."
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