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The Mexican secretary of finance, Luis Videgaray, said today that Mexico will absolutely not pay for the construction of a wall along the border with the United States: “Let me say this emphatically and categorically: under no circumstances is Mexico going to pay for the wall that Mr Trump is proposing.”

Speaking to TV network Milenia, Videgaray said, “Building a wall between Mexico and the United States is a terrible idea, based on ignorance, and has no basis in the reality of North American integration.”

“We have enormous needs and much more important uses for the public budget” than building a border wall, the finance secretary said. According to Agence France-Press, The Mexico-U.S. border sees one million legal crossing daily and $1 million a minute in trade.

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