Mexico will pay for wall

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Now he has threaten to shut down the government if Congress doesn't give him money to pay for the wall. If so, let them pay for the wall; them and Trump, of course. All through his presidential campaign, Mr. Trump made it clear that Mexico would pay for the wall.

Now, while this remains a centrepiece of his populist speeches, he accepts USA funds will pay for construction, and Mexico will be forced to re-pay in some way later on.

'We have offered the USA government all the help and cooperation that can be provided by the different Mexican governmental agencies to deal with the impacts of this natural disaster, as good neighbors should always do in times of difficulty'.

US Border patrol agents man the fence with Mexico at Border Field State Park in San Diego, California, US, on April 30, 2017.

It said the crime is a "shared problem" for both countries and is caused in part by US' demand for Mexican narcotics.

"On this threat of the government shutdown if Congress doesn't secure funding for this wall, how is that not a concession from this White House that Mexico isn't actually going to pay for this wall and American taxpayers will?" a reporter asked. House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., also has suggested a better time for a stand would be when the House and Senate negotiate final fiscal 2018 spending bills later in the year.

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Trump's homeland security adviser Tom Bossert attempted to explain the contradiction in an interview with ABC News.

"As we work with the Mexicans in other policies and trade policies and such, we'll determine ways for us to make that right", he said.

The president then went on to praise the federal government's response to Harvey, which first made landfall Friday as a category 4 hurricane, in three tweets between 8 a.m. and 9 a.m.

The statement also addressed Trump's comment regarding crime in Mexico.

The U.S., Mexico and Canada began formal negotiations earlier this month to rework the 23-year-old trade pact that Trump blames for hundreds of thousands of lost U.S. factory jobs.

Last Tuesday, in a speech before his supporters in Phoenix, Arizona, the president had stated that he does not think possible to come to an agreement during the renegotiation of the free trade treaty.