Trump goes ballistic on reports claiming American taxpayers will fund proposed Mexican wall, claims ‘Mexico will pay back’
Express News Global
Published: January 07, 2017
NEW YORK, U.S. – Following reports saying American taxpayers would end up paying for the construction of the wall with Mexico, Donald Trump has lashed out at the media.
“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!” he tweeted.
His tweet came as his transition team and House Republicans are considering a plan to ask Congress to approve funding of the building of the wall through an existing law.
The Secure Fence Act of 2006 is the law under which former President George W. Bush authorized 700 miles of “reinforced fencing” along the U.S.-Mexico border along with enhanced surveillance systems that came to be known as a “virtual fence.”
The law was backed by then senators Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, as well as Senator Chuck Schumer.
The act could be funded through an appropriations bill that must be passed by April, which would allow Trump’s administration to build the wall without new legislation.
“There’s already an existing law for the authorization for hundreds of miles of build-out on the southern border,” Rep. Luke Messer, House Republican Policy chairman said.
“So, one important step in the right direction will be funding the existing law and beginning the building out of hundreds of miles of wall, or fence, on the southern border,” he added.
Congress would pay for it in its annual spending bills.
Trump’s spokesman Sean Spicer also insisted on Friday that the plan to seek reimbursement from Mexico after paying U.S. money up-front “doesn’t mean he’s broken his promise.”
“I think he’s going to continue to talk to them (the Mexican government) about that,” he told ABC News.
Many Republicans do not see any problem with using taxpayer money to fund Trump’s border wall.
“It would be a proposal that would cost billions of dollars to get done, but if it’s an appropriate priority for our country, it’s worth spending that kind of money,” said Rep. Luke Messer (R-Ind.), chairman of the House Republican Policy Committee.
And House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., dismissed Republicans’ plan to use the bipartisan 2006 law – “That’s about politics not about policy,” she said – and said funding for a wall would be a “heavy sell.”
Pelosi also asked where the money would be generated.
“What is this coming out of? . . . Is this coming out of education? Is this coming out of everything we do on the domestic side?” she asked, while mocking Trump’s notion that Mexico would eventually pay for it: “Oh, yeah, really?”
The Mexican president and other senior officials of the country have repeatedly said they will not pay for the wall.
Former Mexican president Vincente Fox also questioned the legitimacy of Trump’s victory while insisting Mexico is “not paying for that fu—- wall.”
“Trump may ask whoever he wants, but still neither myself nor Mexico are going to pay for his racist monument. Another promise he can’t keep,” Fox said.
“TRUMP, when will you understand that I am not paying for that fu—- wall. Be clear with U.S. tax payers. They will pay for it.”
However, according to Republican Congressman Chris Collins, Mexico will end up paying for the wall.
“When you understand that Mexico’s economy is dependent upon U.S. consumers, Donald Trump has all the cards he needs to play,” Collins said on CNN.
“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.”