President Donald Trump on Wednesday called Mexico a “basket to which we’re all fleeing” and accused the country of being a “deporter in chief.”
Trump, who visited Mexico City for a two-day trip, also took a swipe at Mexico’s president, who is currently in the U.S. on an official visit.
Trump, in a speech at a rally in Arizona, said that Mexico has been “receiving tons of drugs, tons of people” who are coming into the U: “The Mexican government is not helping us at all.”
“We will stop it,” Trump said.
“We will start to build a wall.
We will build a fence.
And we will make Mexico pay for it.”
Mexican officials have denied the president’s allegations.
Trump has previously threatened to impose tariffs on imports from Mexico.
He has also been criticized by his fellow Republicans in Congress, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., who called the president “a clown” in a tweet.
On Wednesday, Trump said he’s “been very impressed” with the performance of Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto, and he plans to hold a meeting with the Mexican leader at the White House on Thursday.
“The people are really impressed,” Trump told reporters, noting that Pena a year ago did not attend a meeting of U.N. members over the Zika virus outbreak.