Mexico’s Cemex, one of the world's largest cement producers, said they would “gladly” provide quotes for U.S. President Donald Trump’s highly contentious plan to expand the U.S.-Mexico border wall.
"We will gladly do it," Cemex board chairman Rogelio Zambrano told Reforma on Wednesday, when asked if the company would provide an estimate for supplying cement to companies that end up working on the project.
Trump reiterated on Tuesday that he is committed to expanding the border wall, in order to prevent undocumented migrants and drugs from crossing through the borders.
"If one of our clients asks us for a quote for materials, we have the responsibility to do it," the company’s spokesman repeated.
Many have posted their outrage at the news on social media, upset that a Mexican company would offer to pay for the wall. One user writer and activist Denise Dresser tweeted, "Incredible and dishonorable that a Mexican company, helped out by the government in hard times, offers their services to something with effects so harmful for the country."
Contracts for Trump's proposed 2,000-mile border wall could be handed out as soon as mid-April, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
On the campaign trail, Trump promised to build a wall and make Mexico foot the bill, causing tensions between the U.S. and its southern neighbor. Mexican president Enrique Peña Nieto has since stated that Mexico will not pay for the construction of the border wall.