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"Of course it's false," Eduardo Sánchez, a spokesman for Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, told Bloomberg for a story published late Wednesday.
"It reflects an enormous ignorance for what Mexico represents, and also the irresponsibility of the candidate who's saying it," Sanchez added, referring to Trump.
He added that the Mexican government is not taking Trump's statements seriously.
The billionaire businessman has advocated building a wall to stem illegal immigration for months and vowed that Mexico would pay for it.
In a Tuesday interview on Fox News, he said that Mexico will "probably just give us the money" to build it.
"They say you can't do it," Trump told host Sean Hannity, referring to pundits and politicians.
"I'll be friends with Mexico. I'm going to have a great relationship with Mexico," Trump said. "It's 100 percent they're going to pay. And if they don't pay, we'll charge them a little tariff. It'll be paid.
"But we need the wall. We have to stop these killers from coming in," Trump added.
The celebrity real estate magnate has claimed illegal immigrants are bringing drugs and crime across the border.
The Mexican president's spokesman threw cold water on Trump's remarks.
"Mexicans in the U.S. work with passion, they do their jobs well," Sanchez told Bloomberg. "His comments reflect an enormous lack of knowledge of the reality in the U.S."