Trump: Mexico should cancel meeting if they won’t pay for wall.

President Donald Trump on Thursday said his Mexican counterpart Enrique Nieto should cancel his upcoming visit to Washington if Mexico refuses to pay for a wall along the border.


“The U.S. has a 60 billion dollar trade deficit with Mexico.


“It has been a one-sided deal from the beginning of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) with massive numbers… of jobs and companies lost.


“If Mexico is unwilling to pay for the badly needed wall, then it would be better to cancel the upcoming meeting,” Mr. Trump said on Twitter


NAN reports that Mexico’s foreign minister Luis Videgaray said on Wednesday that in spite of pressure at home to scrap a summit between Messrs. Trump and Nieto fixed for Tuesday, January 31, “it is still on for now”.


Trump had signed new executive orders, including one authorising a wall on the U.S. southern border, just as a Mexican delegation led by Mr. Videgaray arrived at the White House for talks.


“The meeting between the two presidents in Washington next Tuesday is still confirmed,” Mr. Videgaray said. “The meeting, for now, is going forward.”


Source: Reuters

Mexico will not pay for Trump’s wall – President Enrique Pena Nieto insists

President Enrique Pena Nieto of Mexico is insisting that his country will not pay for the wall US President Trump is planning to build.

Pena Nieto said, “I’ve said time and again; Mexico won’t pay for any wall.

“It comes as our country is talking on new rules on cooperation, trade, investment, security and migration in the North American region. As president I assume the complete responsibility to defend the interests of Mexico and Mexicans.

Sad Christmas: 31 Dead, 70 Injured As Fireworks Market Explodes.

An explosion has ripped through a fireworks market on the northern outskirts of Mexico City, reportedly killing at least 31 people and injuring 70.

The explosion, which was caught on camera, sent a huge plume of charcoal-grey smoke billowing into the sky over the town of Tultepec, the Guardian reports.

Images broadcast by Milenio TV showed smoke rising from the scorched ground and fireworks stands.

“People were crying everywhere and desperately running in all directions,” said 20-year-old witness Cesar Carmona.

Crescencia Francisco Garcia said she was in the middle of the grid of stalls along with a few hundred others when the thunderous explosions began.

As she ran away she saw people with burns and cuts, and lots of blood.

“Everything was catching fire. Everything was exploding,” Francisco said. “The stones were flying, pieces of brick, everything was flying.”

More than a dozen children suffered burns to over 90% of their bodies and were being sent to the US city of Galveston in Texas for treatment, said Eruviel Avila, the governor of the state of Mexico. The state’s top prosecutor raised the death toll late on on Tuesday to 31.

Avila vowed to find and punish those responsible for the blast and provide economic assistance to those who had lost their livelihoods.

The explosion flattened the San Pablito market which is one of the mainstays of the economy in Tultepec and where many people make a living from manufacturing fireworks – often in clandestine workshops.

The Christmas season brings in brisk business, according to merchants at the market, as Mexicans stock up on pyrotechnics.

I’ll Build a Fence, Rather Than a Wall – Trump

U.S. President-elect Donald Trump has softened his initial immigration threat to build a wall along the United States border line with Mexico.

Speaking with New York Times on Tuesday, Trump said he might have to build a fence, rather than a wall, in some areas of the U.S.- Mexican border to stop illegal immigration.

This is contrary to one of his signature campaign promises on immigration where he promised to build a wall on the U.S. border with Mexico.
Trump also for the first time did not sound so optimistic about investigating and prosecuting his rival at the polls, Hillary Clinton.

“I don’t want to hurt the Clintons, I really don’t. She went through a lot and suffered greatly in many different ways,” he told reporters, editors and other newspaper officials at the Times headquarters in Manhattan.

Recall that during his campaign, Trump never missed to stress how he would prosecute Clinton for her family’s charitable foundation or her use of a private email server while she was U.S. secretary of state.

The U.S. President-Elect is also reconsidering his threat to back out of the International Climate Change Deal saying he was now keeping an ‘open mind’.

He in an interview that he thinks there is “some connectivity” between human activity and global warming, despite previously describing climate change as a hoax.

Recall that Trump had been quoted as seeking the fastest way to withdraw the United States from the 2015 Paris Agreement to combat climate change.

But speaking on Tuesday, Trump said “I’m looking at it very closely. I have an open mind to it.” U.S. withdrawal from the pact, agreed to by almost 200 countries, would set back international efforts to limit rising temperatures that have been linked to the extinctions of animals and plants, heat waves, floods and rising sea levels.

Trump also said that he was thinking about climate change and American competitiveness and “how much it will cost our companies,” he said.

Two people advising Trump’s transition team on energy and environment issues said they were caught off guard by his remarks.

A shift on global warming is the latest sign Trump might be backing away from some of his campaign rhetoric as life in the Oval Office approaches, Reuters reports.

Mexico Reaches Out To Trump, But Won’t Pay For Wall

Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto said Wednesday he was ready to work with Donald Trump but the country’s foreign minister reiterated the government’s refusal to pay for his planned border wall.

Trump’s victory shocked Mexicans, who were angered by the Republican billionaire’s description of migrants as rapists and drug dealers.

His defeat of Democrat Hillary Clinton in Tuesday’s election caused the peso and the Mexican stock market to plunge due to fears that Trump would upend economic ties with the country.

“I congratulate the US on its electoral process and reiterate to @realDonaldTrump my willingness to work together in favor of bilateral relations,” Pena Nieto said on Twitter.

“Mexico and the US are friends, partners and allies who must continue collaborating for the competitiveness and development of North America,” he said.

Pena Nieto had angered Mexicans by inviting Trump to his official residence in Mexico City in August and not forcefully condemning the Republican candidate’s comments against migrants.

Trump has vowed to make Mexico pay for a massive border wall — which is estimated to cost several billions of dollars — and to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

He also pledged to deport millions of undocumented immigrants and threatened to freeze billions in remittances that migrants send to their families back home.

“Paying for a wall is not part of our vision,” Foreign Minister Claudia Ruiz Massieu of Mexico told the Televisa network.

But she said the government has had a “daily fluid dialogue” with the Trump campaign and that the two countries were “not starting from zero.”

“It’s an opportunity. The terms of the relationship change,” she said.

The national currency fell 7.81 percent to 20.22 pesos per dollar before day trade opened, while the Mexican stock market plunged 3.18 percent at the opening bell.

But Finance Minister Jose Antonio Meade said the country’s economy was robust enough to cope with the market upheaval.

“Mexico has lived through challenges of volatility in the past that we faced with unity, seizing on our economic strength and taking correct and prudent policy decisions, and this won’t be an exception,” Meade said at the National Palace.

Meade noted that the election would have no immediate impact on trade, financial flows or people’s ability to travel. Mexico, he added, has inflation under control, controls deep international reserves totaling $175.1 billion and enjoys macroeconomic stability.

Meade said the strength of public and private financial institutions allowed the government to avoid taking “premature actions that move ahead of events that we don’t know about at the moment.”


Trump To Visit Mexico Wednesday, Meet Its President

Donald Trump announced he would travel to Mexico on Wednesday to meet its president, just hours ahead of giving a much-anticipated speech in Arizona on immigration.

The Republican presidential nominee’s surprise trip south of the border comes as debate about his hardline immigration policies is reaching fever pitch.

Although his visit holds potential political peril, Trump could seize control of the campaign narrative at a crucial time, showing a willingness to engage diplomatically on a sensitive issue at the heart of his campaign.

“I have accepted the invitation of President Enrique Pena Nieto, of Mexico, and look very much forward to meeting him tomorrow,” Trump posted on Twitter Tuesday.

Mexico’s presidential office confirmed the visit, posting its own tweet in Spanish to say the billionaire New York real estate tycoon “has accepted the invitation and will meet tomorrow privately with the President @EPN.”

Pena Nieto’s office said in a statement that he had sent invitations to Trump as well as his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton.

Her campaign has announced no plans for a visit, with an aide on Tuesday saying Clinton “looks forward to talking with President Pena Nieto again at the appropriate time.”

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Build A Wall If You Want, Mexico Tells Trump

Mexico’s president hit back Sunday at Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s claim that if elected, he would make Mexico build a wall along its US border.

The bombastic billionaire has promised to crack down on illegal immigration and insulted Mexican immigrants by calling them rapists, criminals and drug dealers.

As his party’s presumptive presidential candidate, Trump is now eyeing a clash in the November election with his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton.

“There is no way to have Mexico pay (for) the wall. But any decisions inside (the) USA — is a decision of its government,” Pena Nieto told CNN in English.

The Mexican president earlier had said Trump’s campaign pledge was a non-starter, but he did not address the issue as specifically.

Pena Nieto said US-Mexican relations were based on coordination, collaboration and cooperation on security issues.

The Mexican president earlier compared Trump’s rhetoric to the rise of European dictators Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini.

Credit: Guardian

52 Die In Mexico Prison Riot, As Families Rush Out To See If Relatives Are Alive

A battle between rival groups at a prison near Monterrey in northern Mexico has left 52 inmates dead. Nuevo Leon state Governor Jaime Rodriguez said 12 other people were injured in Topo Chico jail after prisoners fought with “sharp weapons, bats and sticks”.

A fire was also started in a storage room. Officials say the situation is under control and no inmates escaped.

Crowds of relatives outside the jail blocked roads, demanding information. Some threw sticks and
rocks and tried to pull the prison gate open as riot police blocked their way. The incident comes just days before Pope Francis is due to visit a prison in the northern city of Ciudad Juarez, an area notorious for violence between drugs cartels.

El Chapo’s Lawyers Say He Won’t Get A Fair U.S. Trial Because Of Donald Trump

El Chapo’s lawyers are fighting the drug baron’s extradition to America on murder and drug charges on the grounds that he won’t get a fair hearing because of Donald Trump.

Attorneys for the former kingpin of the Sinaloa Cartel are using Trump’s comments about Mexican immigrants being ‘rapists and murderers’ as evidence that any trial in the U.S. will be biased.

Mexican and U.S. officials want to have El Chapo, whose real name is Joaquin Guzman Loera, tried
and imprisoned in America because of his track record of escaping from Mexican prisons.Guzman, who made billions of dollars smuggling drugs from the east of Mexico into America, was first captured by authorities in 1993 when he was sentenced to 20 years behind bars.However, he was free again in 2001 after bribing prison guards with a reported $2.5million to turn a blind eye as he was wheeled out of jail in a laundry basket.

It took authorities 13 years to relocate Guzman, who narrowly avoided capture several times, before he was locked away again in 2014.

Despite repeated warnings by U.S. authorities that Mexico did not have the means to hold Guzman he was again thrown into their most secure prison, and freed himself for a second time in 2015.

Guzman was recaptured by Mexican marines after a fierce firefight last week and is now facing life behind bars on drug trafficking and murder.

This time Mexican authorities have agreed to have the cartel boss extradited, a move which his lawyers are bitterly resisting.

Trump used the issue of Mexican immigration across America’s southern border to launch his presidential campaign.

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