Rubio: Mexico Will Not Pay for the Wall

By Melanie Arter | April 10, 2017 | 9:52am EDT
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) (AP Photo)

( – Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) told ABC’s “This Week with George Stephanopolous” on Sunday that Mexico will not pay for a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border like President Donald Trump promised, and if the U.S. thinks a wall is in their national interests, we should pay for it.

“Well, we met with the foreign minister as well, and it did come up in our meeting, and let me just say, Mexico's not going to pay for the wall. And, by the way, America should, if we believe that's in our national interests to do so,” Rubio said.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told “This Week” that when he met with Mexican Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray, Tillerson didn’t even bring up the subject of Mexico paying for the wall.

Rubio said he thinks there’s a lot the U.S. can work on with Mexico.

“I think the Mexican government is open, for example, to renegotiating key points of NAFTA on intellectual property as an example. I think they have a real interest in their border security, in their southern border,” Rubio said.

“I think Mexico's willing to be a partner in El Salvador, Guatemala, the Honduras, the Northern Triangle countries that are the source of a lot of the migration that's coming in through Mexico. Mexico's as much a transit point now as it is a source of origin for people coming into the United States,” he said.

“I think there's a lot of military to military engagement with Mexico. There's a lot we can work on together. I left that meeting feeling pretty positive about what we can do with our relationship, and I hope that's the direction it continues,” Rubio said.

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