The President was due to meet with Mexico’s President Enrique Pena Nieto on January 31 to establish a new trade deal between the neighbouring countries.
But yesterday, the 45th President of the US signed an executive order for an “impassable physical barrier” and repeated his claim he will force Mexico to pay for it.
The Mexican leader hit back, claiming he "lamented" the plans for the barrier, adding that "Mexico doesn't believe in walls".
But Donald Trump refused to be publicly beaten – insinuating Mr Pena Nieto had far more to lose.
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Trump was due to meet with Mexico’s President to discuss trade deals
He tweeted: “The US has a 60 billion dollar trade deficit with Mexico.
“It has been a one-sided deal from the beginning of NAFTA with massive numbers of jobs and companies lost.
“If Mexico is unwilling to pay for the badly needed wall, then it would be better to cancel the upcoming meeting.”
The Mexico Wall: Trump gives the go ahead
Thu, January 26, 2017
The structures, fences and walls that mark the border between the United States and Mexico as President Donald Trump reiterates his promise to build a wall along the U.S. border with Mexico.
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Combo with images of the border fence between Mexico and the U.S. taken in the states of Sonora and Baja California, Mexico, and in the states of Arizona and California, U.S., between July 2, 2016 and January 25, 2017.
If Mexico is unwilling to pay for the badly needed wall, then it would be better to cancel the upcoming meeting
President Donald Trump
Trump’s comments come following an expletive-laden Twitter storm from former Mexican president Vicente Fox, who mad this views clear after press secretary Sean Spicer insisted “Mexico will pay” for the border wall.
He tweeted: “Sean Spicer, I've said this to @realDonaldTrump and now I'll tell you: Mexico is not going to pay for that f***ing wall. #F***ingWall”
Donald Trump has signed an executive order to allow the building of the wall
A previous meeting between Trump and Pena Nieto was deemed amicable
The hashtag quickly went viral, and was soon trending worldwide on Twitter.
And in an interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper, Mr Fox repeated his claims, saying: “I have said and I have told the Donald, that Mexico will never pay for that f***king wall. And now I have to repeat it to this guy Sean Spicer.”
Mr Trump confirmed that the wall will be built using US federal funds, but has insisted that Mexico will reimburse the full cost.
Vincente Fox released an expletive-laden Twitter storm on Trump over the wall
"I'm telling you there will be a payment. It will be in a form, perhaps a complicated form," he told ABC News.
The US-Mexico border is around 1,900 miles long, but Mr Trump has said that his wall will be 1,000 miles.
Last February he said: “Of the 2,000, we don’t need 2,000, we need 1,000 because we have natural barriers … and I’m taking it price per square foot and a price per square, you know, per mile.”