One of Donald Trump’s biggest campaign promises was that he was going to build a big wall, a GLORIOUS wall, the best wall ever, along the U.S./Mexico border and he was going to make Mexico pay for it.
Well, guess what? He’s not really doing that after all. Nope. He’s going to try to make America pay for it instead. We’d say we told you so, but that would be redundant…
According to CNN:
President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team has signaled to congressional Republican leaders that his preference is to fund the border wall through the appropriations process as soon as April, according to House Republican officials.
The move would break a key campaign promise when Trump repeatedly said he would force Mexico to pay for the construction of the wall along the border, though in October, Trump suggested for the first time that Mexico would reimburse the US for the cost of the wall.
The Trump team argues it will have the authority through a Bush-era 2006 law to build the wall, lawmakers say, but it lacks the money to do so. Transition officials have told House GOP leaders in private meetings they’d like to pay for the wall in the funding bill, a senior House GOP source said.
The decade-old bill never amounted to anything, likely because of the cost involved, but Republicans are now claiming that they will enforce it, which in the end will cost American taxpayers $25 billion.
“It was not done in the Obama administration, so by funding the authorization that’s already happened a decade ago, we could start the process of meeting Mr. Trump’s campaign pledge to secure the border,” Indiana Republican Rep. Luke Messer said on Thursday.
“Democrats may well find themselves in the position to shut down all of government to stop the buildout of a wall, or of a barrier, or of a fence,” Messer said.
If Trump insists on building this giant wall, Messer may be right.
No. 3 House Republican, Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana, would not say whether or not Congress would pay for the wall, but he did have this to say:
“We want President Trump to have all the tools he needs to build the wall. We’re in talks with him on the details of it as they’re still putting together their team. We still got a few months before there’s another funding bill that’s going to move. We’re going to work with him to make sure we can get it done. We want to build a wall. He wants to build a wall.”
Trump, on the other hand, confirmed that he needs the American taxpayers to pay for his wall… but promised to get Mexico to someday pay for it.
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!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 6, 2017
Because paying for something then demanding someone else reimburse you always works… right?
So once again, what this boils down to is that Trump supporters were duped and America is screwed. Thanks, deplorables!
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