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Mexico to Trump: If you want a wall, build it

Mexican president Pena Nieto has said Trump’s campaign pledge was a non-starter

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Mexico’s president hit back Sunday at Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s claim that if elected, he would make Mexico build a wall along its US border.

The billionaire has promised to crack down on illegal immigration and called Mexican immigrants rapists, criminals and drug dealers. Trump is now eyeing a clash in the November election with his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton.

“There is no way to have Mexico pay (for) the wall. But any decisions inside (the) USA – is a decision of its government,” Pena Nieto told CNN in English.

The Mexican president earlier had said Trump’s campaign pledge was a non-starter, but he did not address the issue as specifically.

Pena Nieto said US-Mexican relations were based on coordination, collaboration and cooperation on security issues. The Mexican president earlier compared Trump’s rhetoric to the rise of European dictators Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini.