1/31/2017 International Business Times
Mexican foreign minister welcomed Monday the suggestion from a White House official calling for drug cartels to pay for the wall along the roughly 2,000-mile U.S.-Mexico border. While President Donald Trump has long said that the American neighbor will pay for the wall, Mexico maintained that the country will not do so.
On Sunday, White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus said there are a “buffet of options” to pay for the structure but there is “no final conclusion” on how the Trump administration is planning to make the Mexican government provide funds for the wall.
“It can either be through a tax on goods coming across the border. It be through tax reform and a formula on import and export taxes and credits. It could be on drug cartels. And it could be on people that are coming here illegally and paying fines. Or it could be all of the above,” Priebus told CBS’ “Face the Nation.”
The suggestion has been met with positive reaction from Mexican Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray.