US presidential candidate Donald Trump has said Mexico will pay for a border wall between the two countries “100 per cent”.
The statement came hours after the Republican nominee met with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto.
The Mexican leader, however, said that during their meeting he had made clear his country would not be paying for the wall.
Pena Nieto added that the conversation was “developed in a respectful manner”.
Al inicio de la conversación con Donald Trump dejé claro que México no pagará por el muro.— Enrique Peña Nieto (@EPN) August 31, 2016
Trump praised Mexico’s “wonderful leadership and high quality people” after the meeting.
But hours later he spoke of his ambition to build a wall between the nations again and insisted Mexico would pay for it.
“We build a great wall along the southern border,” he said. “And Mexico will pay for the wall – 100 per cent. They don’t know it yet, but they’re going to pay for it.”