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Sitting next to Mexico’s president, Trump says he ‘absolutely’ still wants him to pay for a border wall

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President Donald Trump on Friday said he “absolutely” wanted Mexico to pay for a massive wall along the US-Mexico border.

During a meeting between Trump and Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto at the G-20 summit in Hamburg, Germany, a reporter shouted a question Trump’s way about whether he still wanted Mexico to pay.

“Absolutely,” he said, according to a pool report.

Mexico has repeatedly insisted it would not pay for such a wall, a proposal that won Trump some of his loudest applause during his campaign.

But Trump has spoken less in recent months about getting Mexico to pay for a wall, aimed at controlling the flow of illegal immigration over the US’s southern border. Trump has even proposed including solar panels on a border wall, saying during a rally in Iowa last month that the energy created would allow for Mexico to “pay much less.”

The meeting was the first between the two leaders since last August, in the heat of the campaign season. Peña Nieto had canceled a meeting between the two set for January because of the border-wall issue.

“We’ve all had a very successful day and a very interesting day,” Trump said before being asked about the border wall. “It’s great to be with my friend the president of Mexico. We’re negotiating NAFTA and some other things with Mexico. Let’s see how it all turns out. But I think we’ve made very good progress.”

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