President Donald Trump repeated his demand that Congress fund a border wall, promising that Mexico would bear the full cost of construction and again raising the possibility of a USA government shutdown over the issue.
Trump also rambled on about the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), complaining that Mexico is "being difficult" about renegotiating the agreement because it was a "sweetheart deal" for them.
Autos emerged as a key issue at the launch of NAFTA renegotiation talks last week when U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer opened discussions by pointing to the manufacturing sector as a reason why Americans view NAFTA as a failure.
"But he's not saying that Mexico is going to pay for it now", one reporter said.
"Our country will not pay, in no way and under no circumstances, [for] a wall or physical barrier that is constructed on United States territory along the border with Mexico", the Mexican government stated.
Canada and Mexico have likely found out that corporations would rather stick with NAFTA and they're going to tell Trump/Congress not to make any big changes. On Sunday, as heartbreaking images of flooded homes and streets circulated online and we learned that the death count rose to five, Trump tweeted about the wall and Mexico.
Trump also used Twitter on Sunday to press the need for his promised wall on the United States southern border. "Mexico will pay for it through reimbursement/ other", Trump tweeted, Efe news reported. "If we have to close down our government", Trump said, "we're building that wall".
"I have to have Mexico pay for the wall - I have to".
Congressional funding for the border wall is not well taken by Democrats and a section among Republicans.
Ricketts said he has spoken directly with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer about the value of benefits flowing to Nebraska, providing "feedback directly into the administration".
"Next Friday there is the possibility that we find an impasse, the possibility that this does not advance, we can't rule that out", he said.
Donald Trump writes that NAFTA is the " worst trade agreement ever concluded", adding that Canada and Mexico are very intransigent: "both are very hard ", according to the terms it uses in English.
"But the fact is we are both in a little bit of a political bind because I have to have Mexico pay for the wall - I have to", he added.