Thursday 14 December 2017

'Buffet of options' on paying for Mexico border wall - White House

Mexico's president Enrique Pena Nieto
Mexico's president Enrique Pena Nieto

Donald Trump has yet to determine how Mexico will pay for a massive wall at the border that he has promised to build, a senior aide said.

White House chief of staff Reince Priebus said that a "buffet of options" remains.

He said the options include a tax on goods coming across the border, import and export taxes and even a tax on drug cartels or fines to people who come to the US illegally.

Mexican president Enrique Pena Nieto last week cancelled a meeting with Mr Trump amid tensions over his plan to build a wall at Mexico's expense.

Mr Priebus said it is early in the planning process but the broader point is that Mr Trump is fulfilling a campaign promise to build the wall.

AP

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