Donald Trump holds up the order authorising the construction of a wall between the US and Mexico
Mexican president Enrique Pena Nieto is also considering scrapping talks with Donald Trump as the bitter row over plans for a wall along the USA’s 2,000-mile southern border intensifies.
The meeting is on “for now” but Mr Pena Nieto is coming under pressure to cancel the visit after Mr Trump signed executive orders authorising the controversial wall.
The announcement was made just as a Mexican delegation led by Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray arrived at the White House for talks and the timing sparked outrage in Mexico.
Mexican president Enrique Pena Nieto said his country would not pay for the wallq
Prominent politicians and many on social media saw this as a deliberate snub to Mexico’s efforts to engage with Mr Trump, who has for months used Mexico as a political punching bag.
And Leftist opposition leader Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said the wall announcement was an insult to his country and called for international legal action.
He told a crowd of supporters north of Mexico City: “I respectfully suggest that the government of Mexico presents a lawsuit at the United Nations against the US government for violation of human rights and racial discrimination.”
Mr Trump's broadsides against Mexico have piled domestic pressure on Mr Pena Nieto has has been accused of failing to stand up to his US counterpart and whose approval ratings are at the lowest level of any Mexican president in years as a result.
Donald Trump has sparked outrage in Mexico with his border wall order
I have said time and time again, Mexico will not pay for any wall
Enrique Pena Nieto
The new US President’s threats to tear up a joint trade deal and impose hefty border taxes on Mexican goods have battered the peso although his comments on wanting to see a strong Mexican economy lifted the currency to a three-week high.
Mr Pena Nieto condemned the decision on the wall and rejected Mr Trump's pledge that he would make Mexico pay for it.
In a recorded address televised nationally he said: ”I regret and reject the decision of the US to build the wall.
”I have said time and time again, Mexico will not pay for any wall.
"Based on the final report from the Mexican officials who are in Washington right now I will make decisions about what to do next,"
Donald Trump puts pen to paper on the controversial executive order
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.
But Mr Videgaray said at this stage next week’s summit was still on.
He said: ”The meeting between the two presidents in Washington next Tuesday is still confirmed. The meeting, for now, is going forward.”
Ricardo Anaya Cortes, president of the conservative opposition National Action Party, said: "The position is very clear. Either one cancels the meeting with Donald Trump, or one attends it to say publicly and with absolute firmness that Mexico rejects the wall and we will not pay a single cent for it."