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Trump Threatens to Cancel Mexico Meeting if They Won’t Pay for the Wall

By: Karina Martín - Jan 26, 2017, 12:54 pm
The issue of a border wall has been controversial and pivotal in the early stages of Trump's presidency (
The issue of a border wall has been controversial and pivotal in the early stages of Trump’s presidency (Posta).

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US President Donald Trump wrote on Twitter that if his Mexican counterpart, Enrique Peña Nieto, is unwilling to pay for the wall, that he will cancel the White House meeting scheduled for January 31.

The message, written on Thursday, January 26, came after the Mexican president’s disapproval of Trump’s decision to continue construction of the wall between the two nations.

“I regret and reject the decision of the United States to continue the construction of a wall that, for years, far from uniting us, divides us. Mexico does not believe in the walls. I have said it over and over: Mexico will not pay for any wall,” the Mexican government said.

The message from the Mexican government was issued the night of Wednesday, January 25, from the official presidential residence of Los Pinos. Pena Nieto will now wait to consult with his Minister of Foreign Affairs, Luis Videgaray, and Minister of Economy, Ildefonso Guajardo, who traveled to Washington for talks with the Trump government. Only then  will make he chart a course forward in what appears to be an increasingly rocky relationship with the United States.

The Mexican president’s meeting with Trump will only take place after he assesses the productivity of the first meetings held with these key ministers.

“Mexico offers and demands respect, as the fully sovereign nation we are. Mexico appreciates its friendship with the people of the United States and declares its desire to reach agreements with its government, agreements that are in favor of Mexico and the Mexicans,” said Peña Nieto.

Mexico’s 50 consulates in the United States will become “genuine advocates for the rights of migrants,” he said.

Peña Nieto also called on lawmakers and civil society organizations to join efforts to support advocacy.

“Where there is a Mexican migrant at risk who needs our support, there we must be, and there must also be your country,” he said.

Source: El Universal

Karina Martín Karina Martín

Karina Martín is a Venezuelan reporter with the PanAm Post based in Valencia. She holds a bachelor's degree in Modern Languages from the Arturo Michelena University.

Colombian Border Town Cries Foul as Venezuelan Military Trespass to Make Arrest

By: Sabrina Martín - @SabrinaMartinR - Jan 26, 2017, 9:59 am
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EspañolThe Venezuelan National Guard entered Colombian territory this week to make an arrest, which has many officials in the border town of Cúcuta up in arms. Mayor César Rojas said members of the Venezuelan National Guard (GNB) entered Colombia while pursuing gasoline smugglers, which he considers unacceptable behavior. "We are going to call Chancellor (María Ángela Holguín) so that she can take the necessary measures and inform the president that we can not accept the violation of Colombian territory," Rojas said. He described seeing Venezuelan authorities taking such action as "regrettable" because they "affect the inhabitants" of Cúcuta. googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display('div-gpt-ad-1459522593195-0'); });   "We can not accept this incursion," Rojas said. "It is hurting the community and the rural residents of this sector." Rojas said Venezuelan officers not only penetrated Colombian territory but also arrested the smugglers in a rural area of Cúcuta, where they were burning the vehicle that had illegally transported items into the country. Last December, Rojas asked Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos to close the border with Venezuela because there are no clear rules between the two countries. Read More: FARC Guerrillas to Participate in Politics, Despite Crimes Against Humanity "It is better to leave it closed for as long as it is: three, six or 10 months, but so that when it opens it is organized and we all know the rules," he said. The border between the two South American countries is comprised of a territory of 1,378 miles in which, for the most part, there is frequent smuggling of food and gasoline. Source: Sumarium

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