Mexican Finance Minister Luis Videgaray said on Thursday that Mexico would not fund Republican front-runner Donald Trump’s “terrible” plan to build a wall along its border with the United States if he won the US presidential election.
Trump, the New York billionaire developer and former reality television star, caused outrage in Mexico after he vowed to force Latin America’s second largest economy to fund a wall along the southern US border to stem the flow of illegal immigration and drugs.
Videgaray categorically rejected the proposal in a televised interview late on Wednesday.
"Under no circumstance will Mexico pay for the wall that Mr. Trump is proposing," Videgaray said.
"Building a wall between Mexico and the United States is a terrible idea. It is an idea based on ignorance and has no foundation in the reality of North American integration," he added.
Trump has accused Mexico of sending rapists and drug runners across the US border and had pledged to increase fees on some Mexican visas and all border crossing cards as part of a broader plan in an attempt to force Mexico to pay for the wall.
Former conservative Mexican presidents Felipe Calderon and Vicente Fox compared Trump to Adolf Hitler as fears of a Trump presidency have helped stoke a spike in the numbers of immigrants trying to enter the US.