Mexico tells Trump if he wants a wall, he can build it

The Mexican president earlier had said Trump's campaign pledge was a non-starter

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Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto delivers a speech during the 78th anniversary of the expropriation of Mexico's oil industry in Mexico City, March 18, 2016. PHOTO: REUTERS

MEXICO CITY: 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.

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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.

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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.


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