As Trump Bullies Over Border Wall, Mexico Offers Aid for Harvey Victims

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"I will build a great, great wall on our southern border, and I will have Mexico pay for that wall", Trump said. He said the wall is needed to contain Mexico's worsening drug cartel violence, which has sent murder rates soaring to 20-year highs. His NAFTA tweet also came just minutes after he repeated his much-contradicted claim that Mexico would pay for a wall at the U.S. -Mexico border.

Mexico is refusing to negotiate with President Trump by Twitter - and by the way, the country still says it won't pay for the wall. Mexico will pay for it through reimbursement/other.

Mexico's Foreign Ministry said in a statement, 'As the government of Mexico has always maintained, our country will not pay, under any circumstances and under any circumstances, a wall or physical barrier built on U.S. territory along the Mexican border.

"As we have done in the past, Mexico stands with Texas in this hard moment", Gonzalez said, according to the News.

The Dallas Morning News reported that Mexican Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray told Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) by phone that Mexico offered solidarity and aid "as good neighbors should always do in trying times".

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Trump's attempt to score funding for a wall that would cost tens of billions of dollars faces roadblocks in Congress from both Democrats and Republicans.

Homeland Security Adviser Tom Bossert said on ABC's "This Week" on Sunday that he was confident Congress would meet Trump's budget request. At the same time, according to the report, he said that "if you are going to say that Mexico is not going to pay for the wall, then I do not want to meet with you guys anymore because I can not live with that".

The statement also made clear that Mexico has no interest in renegotiating NAFTA - the trade deal that Trump called one of the worst "ever made" in a separate tweet on Sunday. The statement said Mexico was "serious and constructive" in the talks and sought a winning result for all involved, but that in any case it "will not negotiate NAFTA nor any other aspect of the bilateral relationship through social media or the media".

The second round of the NAFTA renegotiation is scheduled to begin Friday in Mexico City.

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