Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto said he would not attend a planned January 31 meeting with President Donald Trump after Trump tweeted Thursday that Mexico should cancel if it is "unwilling to pay for the badly needed wall".
"I have said it time and again: Mexico will not pay for any wall".
"We are expecting a clarification, a rectification".
But Mexico's Foreign Minister, Luis Videgaray, warned that could raise prices for American consumers.
"The foreign ministry expressed to the government of Israel, via its ambassador in Mexico, its profound astonishment, rejection and disappointment over Prime Minister Netanyahu's message", the foreign ministry wrote in a statement.
The head of the America Movil telecoms empire said that in the negotiations, Mexican officials must make Americans "understand that what's best (for the United States) is to have an economic and trade association with Mexico".
Mexican Government: President Trump, Peña Nieto Won't Speak About Border Wall Payment
Israel built a more than 150-mile (240-kilometer) barrier along its border with Egypt, a route previously taken by many African illegal migrants and traffickers.
Trump described the call as "very, very friendly", and said he looks forward to the negotiations over the coming months. "I think the wall is bad; it's frightening in the middle of the 21st century". Trump views the wall, a major part of his election campaign, as part of a package of measures to curb illegal immigration. "Mexico is Israel's friend and should be treated as such". In 2015, US goods and services trade with Mexico was $583.6 billion.
But later, the White House said the idea was just one of several options on the table for paying for a wall along the southern border. He often led his supporters in chants of "build the wall, build the wall".
"I am not surprised. The left-wing media is on a Bolshevik hunting trip, brainwashing and character-assassination against me and my family", he said.
Those coming into the USA from the south are seeking better economic condition and include people fleeing El Salvador and other parts of Central America, ravaged by poverty, violence and other consequences of the region's drug wars. But he said regarding trade, "Mexico has outnegotiated us and beat us to a pulp".
At the Department of Homeland Security Wednesday, President Trump announced plans to begin work on a wall along the U.S. -Mexico border as well as hire 5,000 additional Border Patrol agents.