Mexico is fighting President TrumpDonald John TrumpVeterans groups demand end to shutdown: 'Get your act together' Brown launches tour in four early nominating states amid 2020 consideration Pence on border wall: Trump won't be ‘deterred’ by Dem ‘obstruction’ MORE’s proposed border wall because it wants to continue allowing people and drugs to move into the U.S., White House aide Kellyanne ConwayKellyanne Elizabeth ConwayTrump’s polls sag amid wall fight George Conway: Nothing Trump says 'can be taken at face value' Sarah Sanders and CNN's Acosta trade barbs over border visit MORE said Friday.

 

“They don't want it, Gayle, because they want to continue to allow people — and, I assume, drugs, since they're not doing much to stop that — pouring over our borders," Conway told CBS host Gayle King, referring to the border wall.

 

“We have to look at America. Mexico should pay for that wall because they get an awful lot from this country through [the North American Free Trade Agreement] and through other monetary disbursements.”

 

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Conway said Mexico’s decision to extradite drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman was “one small step” in the right direction.

 

Trump launched his presidential bid by demanding a crackdown on immigration and calling Mexican immigrants “rapists” and “criminals.” The construction of a massive wall along the southern border of the U.S. and the promise that Mexico would pay for it became rallying points for his campaign.

 

The president took his first actions on immigration Wednesday, signing an order authorizing the construction of the wall, which he has claimed will stymie the flow of drugs and illegal immigrants across the border.

But some lawmakers have questioned the efficacy of the wall, arguing it would be an expensive endeavor that would not actually make the border any more secure.