Ahead of meeting with Peña Nieto, Trump ‘absolutely’ still wants Mexico to pay for border wall

7/7/2017 Washington Post 

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President Trump and Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto hold a meeting on the sidelines of the Group of 20 summit in Hamburg. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)

HAMBURG — President Trump told reporters on Friday that he “absolutely” still wants Mexico to pay for a border wall in the United States, ahead of a private meeting with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto at the Group of 20 summit.

The comment came after Trump and Peña Nieto gave remarks and as a group of journalists was being escorted out of the room, leaving Peña Nieto no time to respond. He and other Mexican leaders have consistently made clear that their country will not pay for the massive wall that Trump has promised to build along the U.S. southern border.

As reporters left the room, Darlene Superville of the Associated Press asked Trump: “Mr. Trump, do you still want Mexico to pay for the wall?” Trump responded: “Absolutely.”

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