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Mexican company: We’d help with border wall

Mexican company: We’d help with border wall
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A Mexican cement company says it would aid the construction of President Trump’s wall along the U.S.-Mexico border if asked.

“We will gladly do it,” Cemex President Rogelio Zambrano told Mexican newspaper Reforma Wednesday, according to NBC News.

Zambrano was answering whether Cemex, one of the world’s largest cement producers, would provide a cement estimate for the controversial barrier.

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The businessman added it is unclear what other companies might participate or what demand would exist for the wall’s cement.

The Hill reported late Tuesday that 225 companies — mainly construction and engineering firms — have voiced interest in building Trump’s proposed wall.

The list was compiled from a website for contractors interested in doing business with the federal government.

Contractors intrigued by the project have until March 10 to submit a prototype concept paper, followed by a formal request for proposal by March 24.

Interested parties so far include construction companies like Caddell and Raytheon, a top defense contractor.

A number of small businesses have also applied, including 20 owned by Hispanic-Americans who could come under scrutiny for helping create the structure.

Trump frequently vowed during his 2016 presidential bid that Mexico would ultimately fund a wall along its border with America.

Mexican leadership has repeatedly denied it will cover the barrier’s cost, straining ties between the usually cordial neighbors.

Vice President Pence stressed Wednesday that Mexico will eventually foot the bill.

“We’re gong to build a wall,” he said on ABC’s “Good Morning America." "We’re going to enforce the laws of this country.”

“[Trump] didn’t say Mexico is going to pay for [the wall],” host George Stephanopoulos said, referencing Trump’s speech to Congress Tuesday.

“Well, they are,” retorted Pence, the former Republican governor of Indiana.

The Department of Homeland Security estimated last month that Trump’s could take 3.5 years to complete and cost up to $21.6 billion.

The U.S. shares a nearly 2,000-mile border with Mexico, but it is unclear whether a physical wall would span that entire distance.