Mexican official: Mexico won't pay for Trump wall

In this June 13, 2013 file photo, US Border Patrol agent Jerry Conlin looks out over Tijuana, Mexico, behind, along the old border wall along the US - Mexico border, where it ends at the base of a hill in San Diego.

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MEXICO CITY -- The Mexican government has made its first direct response to Donald Trump's pledge to build a wall along the two countries' border - and to make Mexico pay for it.

Mexican Treasury Secretary Luis Videgaray says "emphatically and categorically" that it isn't going to foot the bill for the project proposed by the Republican presidential hopeful.

Videgaray told Milenio television late Wednesday that "Mexico will under no circumstance pay for the wall that Mr. Trump is proposing."

The wall proposal has been criticized widely and fiercely in Mexico, but the government itself has tried to avoid commenting directly on the issue until now.

Former Mexican President Vicente Fox is compared Trump to Adolf Hitler, saying the Republican presidential front-runner "believes in the white supremacy."