With a few taps of his thumbs, President-elect Donald Trump again planted himself atop the news pages in Mexico.
This time it was that old familiar saw: Who's going to pay for the wall? Mexico! he trumpeted as usual — but this time with a twist. Any money “spent on building the Great Wall (for sake of speed), will be paid back by Mexico later!” he tweeted.
Mexico, which has repeatedly insisted it will not put a penny into constructing the wall, again took to the Internet to defend itself.
Former president Vicente Fox vowed that his countrymen wouldn't bankroll Trump's “racist monument.”
Former diplomats also lambasted Trump's plan. Jorge Guajardo, a former Mexican ambassador to China, said he'd rather scrap the North American Free Trade Agreement and realign with other countries than give Mexican money to the “stupid wall.”
During Trump's visit to Mexico City last August, the issue of the wall — and its payment — was a hot topic. Trump said that he and Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto discussed the wall, but not who was going to pay for it. Peña Nieto disputed that characterization, claiming it was clear that Mexico would have nothing to do with footing the bill. “Mexico will not pay for the wall,” Peña Nieto tweeted at the time.
A couple months later, Claudia Ruiz Massieu, who was then Mexico's foreign minister, reiterated that stance. “Paying for a wall is not part of our vision,” she told a TV station.
The Mexican government didn't have any immediate comment on Trump's latest claim about reimbursement.