Donald Trump to "design or negotiate" cheaper option for Mexico border wall

Thousands of people marched against President Trump in Mexico City over the weekend, the Associated Press reported.

He said Mexican consulates in the United States have received at least three times as many daily phone calls from anxious citizens there as before news of possible ramped-up deportations under Trump.

The confrontation has stoked patriotic pride in Mexico, where United States companies like Starbucks, Coca-Cola and McDonald's are the targets of boycott campaigns and many people have taken to putting the Mexican flag in their profile pictures on social media.

People also protested in several other Mexican cities, such as Tijuana, Monterrey and Morelia.

Trump signed an executive order last month calling for construction to begin on the border wall, a signature campaign promise that he has vowed Mexico will pay for - even as the Republican-controlled Congress makes plans to initially fund the wall with US tax money.

Trump has said he wants to renegotiate NAFTA, calling the deal one-sided and blaming it for gutting US manufacturing.


The march also featured many signs supporting Mexican migrants living in the United States.

Irene Aguilar, a university professor, said the main message of the marchers was to show the unity of Mexicans in the face of adversity. An internal Department of Homeland Security report last week estimated the cost of the wall would be more than $21 billion, way higher than Trump's estimate of $8 billion to $12 billion. We'll have more on the immigration raids nationwide later in the broadcast.

Mexico sends 80 percent of its exports to the USA, almost $300bn in goods in 2015.

In January following Trump's inauguration, Peña Nieto canceled his trip to Washington, D.C, over Trump's insistence Mexico pay for a new border wall.

Trump, who launched his presidential campaign calling Mexican immigrants "criminals" and "rapists", has infuriated the US' southern neighbour.

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