Trump says Mexico would repay US funds spent on border wall

WASHINGTON: US President-elect Donald Trump has said Mexico would repay the United States for his planned border wall, a day after news emerged that his transition team was exploring getting the Republican-led Congress to vote to approve the funding. Trump told the New York Times he would most likely seek repayment through renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement, which groups the United States, Mexico and Canada. Sean Spicer, a spokesman for Trump, said on Friday the incoming administration would need government funding to build the wall and that Trump said in October Mexico’s payment would be a reimbursement. “The idea that we’re going through the appropriations process and figuring out how to pay for it shouldn’t be news,” he told a briefing. Trump’s promise to build a wall on the US-Mexico border, and make Mexico pay for it, was a major campaign theme and helped energise his supporters. — Reuters