(CNSNews.com) – President Donald Trump announced Thursday that he and Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto have agreed to cancel next week’s planned meeting, saying that unless Mexico treats the U.S. “fairly” and “with respect, such a meeting would be fruitless.”
“The president of Mexico and myself have agreed to cancel our planned meeting scheduled for next week. Unless Mexico is going to treat the United States fairly, with respect, such a meeting would be fruitless, and I want to go a different route. We have no choice,” Trump told congressional Republicans at their winter retreat in Philadelphia on Thursday.
As CNSNews.com reported, Trump said Wednesday that the Mexican president was scheduled to visit the White House on Jan. 31 to work on their shared interests, in areas such as stopping the illegal flow of guns from the U.S. into Mexico.
“Border security is a serious, serious national issue and problem. A lack of security poses a substantial threat to the sovereignty and safety of the United States of America and its citizens. Most illegal immigration is coming from our southern border. I’ve said many times that the American people will not pay for the wall, and I’ve made that clear to the government of Mexico,” Trump said.
Trump said trillions of taxpayer dollars have been “spent to pay the cost of illegal immigration.”
Trump also criticized the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), calling it “terrible deal” and “a total disaster for the United States from its inception, costing us as much as $60 billion a year with Mexico alone in trade deficits.
“You say, who negotiates these deals, not to mention millions of jobs and thousands and thousands of factories and plants closing down all over our country. On top of that are the trillions of dollars the U.S. taxpayers have spent to pay the cost of illegal immigration,” the president said.
“Much of it has then been sent back, and much of it goes back to other countries, and oftentimes because they don’t respect us, the other countries will not accept the criminals that we send back to them that are illegally in our country. I promise you they will start accepting them again quickly. We’re not going to have them any longer,” he said.
Trump said he refused to allow U.S. taxpayers “to pay the cost of this defective transaction – NAFTA – one that should have been renegotiated many years ago, except that the politicians were too preoccupied to do so.”
“Now these people are not in that category. You understand that there’s a different group. I think, right?” Trump said.
Trump also said another option to pay for the wall is through revenue generate from Mexico through a tax reform bill that the GOP is working on.
“We’re working on a tax reform bill that will reduce our trade deficits, increase American exports and will generate revenue from Mexico that will pay for the wall if we decide to go that route,” Trump added.
“It is time that the American people had a president fighting as hard for its citizens as other countries do for theirs, and that’s exactly what I am going to do for you, believe me. It’s time that somebody fought for our country and didn’t let anyone take advantage of us anymore,” he said.