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Mexico’s president rips Trump over wall, auto companies, NAFTA

US President Barack Obama looks over to Mexico’s President Enrique Pena Nieto attends a meeting with leaders of participating countries in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) in Lima, Peru, Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016. Obama will close a three-nation, post-U.S. election tour the same way he opened it: by reassuring leaders from around the world that U.S. democracy isn’t broken and that everything will be fine when Republican Donald Trump succeeds him next year. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

January 14, 2017

Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto stepped up his attack on President-elect Donald Trump this week, blasting calls for his country to pay for the anti-immigration wall the new administration wants and Trump’s success in talking U.S. automakers to stay home and not move to Mexico.

In a meeting with Mexican diplomats, Nieto said that Trump will find no cooperation south of the border.

“Basic principles such as our sovereignty, the national interest and the protection of our compatriots are not negotiable,” he said.

“It is clear that we have some differences with the next U.S. government, such as the issue of a wall that Mexico, of course, will not pay,” Nieto said. And, he added, Mexico will not accept “anything against our dignity,” according to the website Departmento 19.

Trump on Wednesday said that he will find a way for Mexico, or Mexicans coming to America, to fund the wall. He has also taken credit for recent decisions by automakers to keep production in the United States instead of expanding to Mexico.

“We reject any attempt to influence companies’ investment decisions based on fear or threats,” Nieto said.

He also rejected talk of killing the North American Free Trade Agreement, calling it “one of our greater strengths.”