A former Mexican president insisted the country will not pay for a 'racist monument'
President-elect Donald Trump has insisted that any money spent by US taxpayers on a border wall will be repaid by Mexico.
Mr Trump reacted after Republicans said that the Trump transition team had approached Congress to pay the $14bn (€13bn) bill for the wall project.
That appeared to be a clear U-turn on Mr Trump's presidential campaign pledge to make Mexico pay for the construction.
He appeared to confirm the reports on Friday - but said the media had twisted the story.
Posting on Twitter, Mr Trump wrote:
The dishonest media does not report that any money spent on building the Great Wall (for sake of speed), will be paid back by Mexico later!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 6, 2017
Yesterday, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto said his government will work to "maintain and strengthen" economic, cultural and family relations between the US and Mexico.
Responding to the recent media reports, the former Mexican president Vicente Fox Quesada said Mexico will not pay for what he described as a 'racist monument'.
Trump may ask whoever he wants, but still neither myself nor Mexico are going to pay for his racist monument.— Vicente Fox Quesada (@VicenteFoxQue) January 6, 2017
Another promise he can't keep.
Mr Trump's transition team are exploring whether they can make good on his promise to build a wall without passing a new bill.
Under the evolving plan, the Trump administration would rely on existing laws allowing fencing along the southern border.
Whatever steps might be taken without Congress's approval, the wall is unlikely to match Mr Trump's extravagant promises.
He vowed to build an impenetrable wall along the southern border, built of hardened concrete, rebar and steel.
He said the wall would be as tall as his venues' ceilings, and would feature a "big, beautiful door" to allow legal immigrants to enter.
Most experts viewed such promises as unrealistic and impractical.
Mr Trump has since rowed back on aspects of the project, saying he would be open to stretches of fencing.