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Former Mexican President Vicente Fox found himself at the center of Thursday night’s Republican debate after making an unstatesmanlike comment about one of the candidate’s campaign promises about immigration policy.

Fox appeared on the Hispanic television channel Fusion just hours before the six candidates remaining in the Republican race met for the final debate before the all-important March 1 “Super Tuesday” votes, and left no doubt how he feels about frontrunner Donald Trump’s promise to not only build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, but to force Mexico to foot the bill.

“I’m not going to pay for that [expletive] wall! He should pay for it. He’s got the money,” Fox, 73, told interviewer Jorge Ramos.

Immigration remains at the forefront of the concerns of many voters forcing candidates to propose plans to deal with an estimated 11 to 20 million illegals already living in the U.S. and the porous southern border.

Only Trump, however, has been bold enough to claim he has a plan to build a fence at no cost to the American taxpayer, vowing, “We’re going to make them pay for that wall.”

When CNN moderator Wolf Blizter asked Trump about his plan at the Thursday night debate, the maverick billionaire said, “If these guys do it, it will end up costing $200 billion. But the wall is $10 billion to $12 billion,” referring to his rivals on stage beside him.

“The Great Wall of China, built 2,000 years ago is 13,000 miles. We need a thousand, because we have a lot of natural barriers. This is a wall that’s a heck of a lot higher than the ceiling you’re looking at.”

Fox repeated his statement, including the expletive on Friday morning in a live interview with Maria Bartiromo on Fox Business Network on Friday morning.

Commenting on Fox’s choice of words, Trump said, “If I would have used even half of that word, it would have been national scandal. This guy used a filthy, disgusting word on television and he should be ashamed of himself and he should apologize.”




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