Mexico calls on its builders to boycott Trump’s wall

3/19/2017 Financial Times

theeconomistMexico has called on its national companies to “examine their conscience” and refuse to tender bids to build Donald Trump’s wall as the US gave bidders a week and a half to submit applications to construct a barrier with an “aesthetically pleasing” US side.

Some 700 companies have registered interest for tenders for the 30-foot high structure covering the 3,200km border between the US and Mexico, which would need to prevent would-be immigrants from scaling the top or digging beneath it.

In keeping with Mr Trump’s America First strategy, the tender outlined a “Buy American” preference for construction materials.

Luis Videgaray, Mexico’s foreign minister, urged Mexican companies to think again before bidding and put their country first. Mexico has already ruled out paying for the wall, despite Mr Trump’s demands.

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