Apparently Trump's Wall Will Be Funded by Taxpayers and Reimbursed by Mexico Later
It's all "for the sake of speed," according to Trump's recent tweet.
On Thursday, CNN reported that Trump is planning to get Congress to appropriate taxpayer funds to foot the bill for the border-wall construction, breaking from his mantra-esque promise to "build the wall" and get Mexico to pay for it.
Trump immediately hopped on Twitter bright and early Friday morning to correct the "dishonest media." Mexico will be reimbursing the US for the multibillion-dollar project after the fact. Using taxpayer money to begin with is just "for the sake of speed," he said, so don't even worry about it.
Chris Collins, New York representative and congressional liaison for Trump's transition, told CNN that the Trump camp is confident that the president-elect will be able to wrestle the money from Mexico.
"When you understand that Mexico's economy is dependent upon US consumers, Donald Trump has all the cards he needs to play," Collins said on New Day. "On the trade negotiation side, I don't think it's that difficult for Donald Trump to convince Mexico that it's in their best interest to reimburse us for building the wall."
Mexico, of course, is not and has never been onboard with Trump's wall scheme. Mexican president Enrique Peña Nieto has been very clear that the country has no interest in shelling out millions of dollars for the Great Wall of Trump, so we'll see how the president-elect's convincing goes.
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