Donald Trump wants to build a “big” wall along part of the U, Mexico’s southern border and said Sunday that Mexico should pay for it, the latest in a string of provocative comments by the president that have unnerved Mexico’s neighbors and alarmed some U.N. experts.
Trump, who took office in January, said on Fox News that Mexico was “totally unwilling” to pay for the wall.
Trump made the comments in an interview with “Fox and Friends” broadcast Sunday afternoon.
His remarks followed a visit to the U-mexico border last week where he said Mexico should “pay for the walls.”
Trump’s rhetoric has drawn criticism from many countries that have long used the border as a source of illicit traffic and illicit goods, and his comments have drawn the ire of Mexico.
“Mexico should pay, and Mexico will,” Trump said in a recent speech at the U.-mexican border.
Mexico’s President Enrique Peña Nieto has said the border wall he wants to fund is not a “wall” but an “exit ramp” for drug smuggling.
The U.K. government said last month that the border would cost $20 billion and could take years to build.
The president has said Mexico is responsible for all costs associated with building the wall and has said he will seek funding from Congress to help pay for construction.
Mexico has said it will not fund the wall unless Congress agrees to help Mexico pay for its own costs.