Melania Trump on Vanity Fair Mexico cover at an awkward time

Spicer: Tax on imports to fund border wall
Spicer: Tax on imports to fund border wall

Melania Trump is gracing the cover of Vanity Fair Mexico at an awkward time.

The first lady is pictured for the February issue of the magazine, poised with a fork over a bowl of jewels, as if preparing to eat them like pasta. One of the cover lines proclaims her the "nueva Jackie Kennedy."

Vanity Fair Mexico tweeted the cover and story on Thursday, the same day President Enrique Peña Nieto canceled a meeting with President Trump over his insistence that Mexico pay for the wall he intends to build along the border.

Related: Mexican tariff would pay for wall, but hurt Americans

Trump administration officials later floated the idea of a 20% tariff on imports from Mexico to pay for the wall, a cost that would be passed in part to American consumers.

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The Vanity Fair Mexico story and photo are recycled from GQ's edition last April. GQ and Vanity Fair are owned by the same parent company, Condé Nast.

President Trump has feuded with Vanity Fair for years.

--CNNMoney's Jose Pagliery and Patrick Gillespie contributed to this report.

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