U.S. President Donald Trump’s executive order to begin construction of a U.S.-Mexican border wall drew a swift response from Mexican leader Enrique Pena Nieto, who condemned the “divisive” decision, adding that his country won’t pay for the planned barrier. Despite the evident acrimony between the two nations, Nieto made no announcement about cancelling or deferring a trip to Washington D.C. scheduled for later this month.
Trump said in an interview that the construction of wall will begin within months and Mexico will have to pay back to the U.S. the entire cost, which is estimated to run into billions of dollars, reports Al Jazeera.
Nieto, whose approval ratings plummeted significantly after he met Trump –then a presidential candidate – in Mexico City in September, faces sharp criticism internally for failing to devise a potent strategy countering Trump’s combative policies, report the BBC.
However, a section of analysts believes that the Mexican president faces a “lose-lose” situation with few tough options to confront a strongly hostile American administration, notes The Guardian.