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“Any money spent on building the ‘Great Wall’ will be paid back by Mexico” – Donald Trump Insists

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U.S. Peesident-elect Donald Trump has insisted that Mexico would pay for the border wall and refuted reports to the contrary.

Trump, in a tweet on Friday, lashed out at the media for reports suggesting he was going back on a campaign vow to make Mexico pay for a border wall with the U.S.

Trump called the reports “dishonest” and suggested the U.S. would only be putting up money for the “sake of speed” — and vowed Mexico would eventually pay it back.

“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!” Trump tweeted.

His tweet suggested that Mexico would reimburse American taxpayers for any money Washington spends up front.

There are reports that Trump is considering a plan to ask Congress to ensure money is available in U.S. coffers for the wall, while relying on existing law that already authorises fencing and other technology along the southern border.

The funding development was reportedly a reversal by Trump on his promise to stick Mexico with the bill.

Senior adviser Kellyanne Conway confirmed on “Fox & Friends” that Trump wants Mexico to pay back any costs shouldered by the U.S. and that he was not going back on his promise.

“He is going to build that wall, and Mexico is going to pay for it. That has not changed,” Conway insisted.

It remains unclear how the Trump administration would compel Mexico to pay, as America’s southern neighbour has shown no intention of doing so.

In the near-term, the push to rely on existing law authorising a border fence could stave off a legislative fight that Trump might lose if he tried to get Congress to pass a measure authorising the kind of border wall he promised during the campaign.

Trump’s vow to build an impenetrable, concrete wall along the southern border was his signature campaign proposal.

“Build the wall!” supporters would chant at his rallies.

“Who’s going to pay for it?” Trump would ask them and they would respond: “Mexico!”

Trump often promised the wall would be built of hardened concrete, rebar and steel as tall as his venues’ ceilings, and would feature a “big, beautiful door’’ to allow legal immigrants to enter.

Most experts viewed such promises as unrealistic and impractical, and Trump himself sometimes allowed that the wall would not need to span the entire length of the border, thanks to natural barriers like rivers.

However, after winning the election, the incoming president said he would be open to stretches of fencing.

11 Comments

  1. Pat

    January 6, 2017 at 9:55 pm

    Lmao this guy is such a comedian. Quite entertaining. America has choosen a very mentally stable president ?

  2. Seriously

    January 6, 2017 at 10:03 pm

    This guy is a total joke. A clown. Mexico didn’t sign and are not in any agreement to building a wall. Trump, go bully others in your company but not a whole country.

  3. Mo

    January 6, 2017 at 10:11 pm

    The guy is a joker. The next four years will be interesting for sure.

  4. Weezy

    January 6, 2017 at 11:02 pm

    Bella, you may want to post an article about the declassified intelligence briefing released by CIA and FBI today (this is the briefing ordered by Obama on Russian hacking).

    This declassified report endorsed by the CIA and FBI says and I quote: “Russian President Vladmir Putin ordered an influence campaign in 2016 aimed at the US presidential election. Russia’s goals were to undermine public faith in the US democratic process, denigrate Secretary Clinton, and harm her electability and potential presidency. We further assess Putin and the Russian government developed a clear preference for President-elect Trump”

    ***cue various Trump lovers claiming to know more than the CIA.

    • ogeAdiro

      January 6, 2017 at 11:48 pm

      The Trump lovers will soon come out and tell you that all is not what it seems. You know they all possess this otherwordly gift of discernment. What scares me the most is that Trump seems to put himself before country. Because I don’t understand how a soon to be president publicly discredits his intelligence community. I’m low-key hoping that his supporters saw something that most of us missed.

  5. Moyo

    January 6, 2017 at 11:18 pm

    What exactly is this man’s problem

  6. Humanbot

    January 6, 2017 at 11:52 pm

    …and Mexicans, on hearing the news, died ROTF laughing.

  7. www.ckjacob.com

    January 7, 2017 at 1:17 am

    Asshoe.

  8. tobi

    January 7, 2017 at 5:18 am

    Congress will never pass it. Im just LMAO at all the minions he used to get himslf elected. Truth be told the guy is a true politician lying his ass off just to get elected , targetting the intellectually vunerable. Coaxing them out of their holes with bizzare promises that got sane people worried. Well they got him in maybe we gon keep him in. LMAO!!!!!! Just imagining their dumb disappointed faces.

  9. Moniker

    January 7, 2017 at 7:27 pm

    Let the Obamas just leave so this comedian can see life in black and white. The next 4yrs in America’s history will be worse than the first 4yrs of the great nation. Wish the Obamas a safe life out of the presidency

  10. fygo

    January 7, 2017 at 10:59 pm

    Chei..americans don enter one chance with this joker of a guy! “Twitter president” they say..putin go laugh tire

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