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the business of walls

Mexico calls Trump's border wall a 'hostile' act

Mexican Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray said Tuesday that Mexico considers President Trump's proposed border wall a "hostile" act and he emphasized again that the country will not contribute to the cost of the wall in any way, Reuters reports.

Earlier in April, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson met with Videgaray, but admitted they did not have a conversation about the wall. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), who supports the wall, has said flatly that "Mexico's not going to pay" despite Trump's repeated promises.

Trump's wall is expected to cost between $21 billion and $70 billion. His insistence that Congress include an early $1.5 billion for the wall in a spending bill this week threatened to upend budget negotiations. Trump has since said he is open to postponing the demand.