Monday, January 9, 2017
It Doesn't Matter Who Pays For The Wall As Long As It Gets Built
Donald Trump admits US taxpayer will fund his border wall... but claims Mexico will repay costs
President-elect will reportedly seek funding as soon as April for the estimated $14 billion (£11 billion) project
Donald Trump has claimed Mexico will reimburse the US taxpayer for any money spent on building a border wall between the two countries, after it emerged he would approach Congress to foot the bill.
House Republicans revealed the President-elect would use public funds for the estimated $14 billion (£11 billion) project, in a U-turn from the repeated pledge during his presidential campaign that he would force Mexico to fund its construction.
Mr Trump appeared to confirm reports on Friday by saying US funds would only be used “for sake of speed” and would subsequently be repaid by its neighbour country.
“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!” he wrote on Twitter.
He did not clarify how he intended to force the Mexican government to repay the US.
It follows a string of similar reversals for the incoming leader. In October, he suggested for the first time that Mexico would reimburse the US for the cost of the wall, and in November, he admitted certain areas would likely be a “fence”.