Mexico's new finance minister: US-Mexican border wall not in budget

Mexico's new finance minister said on Thursday a wall along the US-Mexican border, proposed by US presidential candidate Donald Trump, will not be part of the state budget.

"I can say with absolute certainty that it is not in the budget," Jose Antonio Meade said in an interview on Mexican broadcaster Televisa.

The minister was later due to present the budget for 2017 before congress.

The comments came a day after Luis Videgaray resigned as finance minister following a controversial visit to Mexico by Trump.

President Enrique Pena Nieto had come under fire at home for extending the invitation to Trump, who has been widely condemned by Mexicans angry at his history of anti-Mexican rhetoric.

Videgaray, one of Pena Nieto's most trusted cabinet members, is thought to have played a key role in inviting Trump to Mexico at the start of September.

Last update: Thu, 08/09/2016 - 21:09
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