Syndicated columnist: Hitting our heads against a border wall

During his campaign Trump had vowed a

During his campaign Trump had vowed a"total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States

Whether it's a BAT or a tariff, the president's promise of a wall paid for by Mexico is not something Mexico's President Enrique Peña Nieto says he is willing to entertain.

Mr. Trump said he wanted to build an "impenetrable, physical, tall, powerful, beautiful, southern border wall" between the USA and Mexico.

"With respect to the payment for the border wall, both presidents recognised their clear and very public difference between their stances on this very sensitive issue", according to a statement from the Mexican president's office reported by the New York Times.

"The presidents also agreed for now to not talk publicly about this controversial issue". "I love the Mexican people".

His signature policy prescription was to build a wall across the 3,200-kilometer border between the United States and Mexico.

"It was a very, very friendly call", Trump told a joint news conference with visiting British Prime Minister Theresa May.

"I asked our Mexican brothers to look further south and we can all go after our hopes together, with our Latin American and Caribbean identity, we are a great family", he said.

Finally, the threat of terrorists crossing into the United States from Mexico must be taken seriously, however once again we must soberly consider why they may seek to do us harm.

He said businesses should not be too anxious if Trump's policies led to the collapse of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) underpinning Mexico's economy, saying the country could fall back on WTO tariffs.

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Another major source of Mexican imports are appliances, including refrigerators, air conditioners and centrifuges.

His team have floated several ideas for how to do this. And 95 percent of all tomatoes the US imports come from Mexico.

One of the proposals to pay for the wall involves a 20 percent border tax on imports from Mexico.

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The comments angered Mexican officials, with the Mexican foreign ministry expressing Saturday its "deep surprise, disapproval and disappointment" over Netanyahu's statement.

Slim, who is typically press shy, said "a united Mexico" was ready to help the government negotiate, according to Reuters.

Business magnate Carlos Slim called for "national unity" in the face of Mr Trump's hostility and said the country should have a measured response "without getting angry but without surrendering".

Pena Nieto said he would wait for a report from a high-level Mexican delegation holding meetings in the USA capital this week and consult with governors and lawmakers before deciding on "the next steps to take".

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