Mexico is willing to negotiate over President-elect Donald Trump’s plan to build a border, but the country will not pay for it, the country’s new foreign relations secretary said Tuesday.
Luis Videgaray added that paying for the proposed wall was “unacceptable.”
“There is no way that’s going to happen,” Videgaray said in an interview with the Telesvisa network. “It’s not a matter of how much does it cost, or where’s the money coming from, it’s a matter of dignity and national sovereignty.”
The wall became a hotbed of contention in Mexico and boiled over when Trump met with President Enrique Pena Nieto last year. Videgaray has initially resigned from Pena Nieto’s administration after the Mexican president failed to take a public stance on the proposed border wall.
Mexico’s peso weakened further Tuesday, closing at an interbank rate of 21.73 to $1.