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G20 summit 2017: Trump says Mexico will 'absolutely' pay for border wall

Meeting was seen as a depiction of insensitivity, while Peña Nieto's silence drew flak from Mexicans

ANI  |  London 

G20 Summit
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on Friday once again lashed out at his counterpart Enrique Peña Nieto, stating that would pay for a border wall.

In a meeting held between the two Presidents on the sidelines of the meeting in Hamburg, Trump, who was questioned on whether was meant to pay for the wall, replied saying 'Absolutely', in the presence of Peña Nieto sitting silently next to him, reports the Guardian.

The meeting, which was the first between the two leaders since assumed charge of Presidency, was seen as a depiction of insensitivity, while Peña Nieto's silence drew flak from Mexicans.

Carlos Bravo Regidor, a professor at the Centre for Teaching and Research in Economics in City, while calling Peña Nieto a 'coward' said the latter should have defended the deal struck of not talking about the wall in public, adding that he should have faced him boldly.

"is a bully, but Peña Nieto is a coward," he said.

Jorge Ramos, the Univision anchor whom expelled from a press conference during the campaign, took to twitter to express his dissent and said "says again that will pay for the wall. When will [Peña Nieto] dare to say to his face and in public that will not pay?"

 

 

Similarly, Leon Krauze, a prominent journalist drew upon French and said it was necessary to stand up in public against Trump, like the latter did.

 

 

The two presidents were scheduled to meet on January 31 in Washington, but Peña Nieto cancelled the visit after expressed that his counterpart 'shouldn't bother coming if the wall wasn't on the agenda.'

The government had announced earlier that the two presidents have agreed not to talk about the wall in public, a deal that has honoured in the breach.

Putting up a wall along the US-border was part of Trump's campaign agendas, following which he issued an executive order in January for the beginning of construction.

Earlier, had assured that the cost of building the 'wall' on the southern border with will come down when he gets involved with its design and negotiations.

He had also expressed his confidence that will 'eventually' pay for the border wall.

had said in January that he will seek to pay for the wall by imposing a 20 percent tax on imports from and as part of a larger comprehensive tax reform plan.

However, has adamantly rejected the notion that they would fund the border wall.

Meanwhile, at his first meeting with Russian Vladimir Putin during the G-20 Summit in were seen sharing 'fine chemistry', so much so that U.S' First lady Melania was sent in to end the meeting after it ran overtime.

The meeting between the duo went on for an additional hour, and lasted for a total of two hours, reports NBC.

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