After signing an executive order to build a wall on the US southern border, President Donald Trump has said that Mexico will pay for the costs of the construction “one way or another.” The White House has hinted that would be with an import tax.

In the past, Trump has said that the initial funds for the wall would come from US taxpayers, and later be reimbursed by Mexico; however, Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto says that Mexico will not pay for any wall.

“I regret and reject the decision of the United States to continue building a wall that, that for years, far from uniting us, divides us,” Peña Nieto  said in a taped message on Twitter.

“Mexico does not believe in walls. I’ve said time again; Mexico will not pay for any wall,” Peña Nieto said.

In response, Trump tweeted on Thursday that if Mexico is unwilling to pay for the cost of the wall, that he will cancel the upcoming meeting planned for January 31st. The two leaders were supposed to meet on Thursday to talk about immigration, trade and drug-war cooperation.

 

“The U.S. has a 60 billion dollar trade deficit with Mexico. It has been a one-sided deal from the beginning of NAFTA with massive numbers of jobs and companies lost,” the president tweeted. “If Mexico is unwilling to pay for the badly needed wall, then it would be better to cancel the upcoming meeting.”

Mexico will pay for the wall “one way or another,” White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said during the Thursday briefing. He announced plans to impose a 20 percent border tax on Mexican imports into the US.

he 20 percent tax on annual Mexican imports would raise $10 billion a year to pay for the border wall, which is estimated to cost between $8 billion and $20 billion, Spicer said.

“By doing it that we can do $10 billion a year and easily pay for the wall just through that mechanism alone. That’s really going to provide the funding,” Spicer told reporters aboard Air Force One, according to CNN.

In his first interview in the White House, Trump reaffirmed that Mexico will reimburse the payment for the wall, saying “there will be a payment, it will be in a form. Perhaps a complicated form… We want to have a very stable, very solid Mexico,” Trump told ABC’s David Muir. Trump added that the construction on the wall would start “very soon, as soon as we can physically do it.”