CNN is reporting that the Trump transition team has signalled to Republican congressional leaders that the wall will be paid for through the appropriations process as early as April, as opposed to being paid for by Mexico.
CNN goes on to claim:
“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.”
But does it? In the same article, CNN embeds a video of Kellyanne Conway – the first woman to run a victorious presidential campaign – being interviewed live, where she clarified the President elect’s position:
‘Congress is investigating the possibility of paying for it to make it more speedy, and then having Mexico to pay for it after the fact…Mr Trump has always been very clear nothing has changed. He’s building a wall, Mexico will pay for it’.
Trump has previously clarified that it is likely that Mexico will be required to pay the United States back for the construction of the wall. It will be no easy feat for Trump to convince the nation’s government to commit to spending the $8 billion that he claims the border wall will cost, but the transition team – and his 63 million voters – want to see construction begin as soon as possible.
The funds for the wall have already been appropriated, too, according to Rep. Louie Gohmer, who stated during a Fox & Friends interview that “It’s amazing what you can get Congress to do when you lead and push them in the right direction”.