Ambassador: 'Mexico is not paying for the wall'

Ambassador: 'Mexico is not paying for the wall'
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As Donald TrumpDonald TrumpMark Walker to stay in North Carolina Senate race Judge lays out schedule for Eastman to speed up records processing for Jan. 6 panel Michael Avenatti cross-examines Stormy Daniels in his own fraud trial MORE gets closer to inauguration day, Mexican leaders are looking to remind him they will not pay for the president-elect's promised wall along the United States' southern border. 


"We have said time and again Mexico is not paying for the wall," Carlos Manuel Sada Solana, Mexico's ambassador to the U.S., told The Arizona Republic. 

Trump said throughout his campaign that he would build a wall between the U.S. and Mexico and make Mexico pay for it but has faced pushback from Mexican officials.

"That is something that has been said several times by the president of Mexico, the secretary of foreign affairs, secretary of economy, the secretary of finance. So we are not paying for the wall," Sada Solana said. 

He also warned that building a wall could damage the relationship between the two countries, especially in regards to trade.

"It's also going to be sending a very negative message. What we say is we like to build bridges."

Instead, he said, he would like to see the U.S. pass immigration reform legislation. 

"It is in our interests to have a safe and efficient border," Sada Solana said.