When questioned by George Stephanopoulos on ABC’s “This Week,” Secretary of State Rex Tillerson over whether or not he had recently discussed with Mexican officials President Trump’s proposed border wall, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said “We had no conversation about that issue…”:
 
"That's surprising to me, no discussion of paying for the border wall, since President Trump spoke about it so often during the campaign," Stephanopoulos said. "Is it the policy of the United States that Mexico must pay for that wall?"
 
“George, it’s just not part of our discussions between the foreign minister and myself,” Tillerson said in reference to his meeting with Mexican Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray.
 
Tillerson did, however, say that he and Videgaray did have "productive talks" about methods to minimize the number of immigrants from Central Americans traveling through Mexico to illegally enter the United States.
 
Tillerson pointed out that there have been significant reductions in the number of illegal immigrants caught by Customs and Border Protection from January to March. He added that the development has "pleased" the Mexican government. 
 
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), who also appeared on “This Week,” reiterated that Mexico will not pay for building the wall.



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Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat and the editor of Spero News.

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