President Trump says increased border security is common sense. Visiting a border region in Texas yesterday, Trump said a border wall or other physical barrier is the right thing to do. But he also said something that left a lot of folks gobsmacked: “The fake news likes to say it. When…during the campaign, I would say, ‘Mexico is going to pay for it.’ Obviously, I never said this and I never meant they’re going to write out a check.”
Thing is, he absolutely said it – more than once – and in fact, even referred to it on his campaign website where there is an explicit mention of a “one-time payment of $5-10 billion to ensure that $24 billion continues to flow into their country year after year.” Either way, Mr. Trump is now saying that Mexico is paying for the wall through the recently renegotiated trade deal.
The wall has been a central piece of the President’s border security plans – which has him at odds with Democrats, who say they’re not giving him a dime (and hence, the partial government shutdown). As such, the drumbeat is getting louder about Trump declaring a national emergency at the border. He said yesterday that he’ll make a decision soon.
Source: White House