One of the campaign promises that Donald Trump used to pander his agenda of fear to win the election was the “Great Wall” to be built between the United States and Mexico. A seemingly perfect plan to keep illegal migrants from stealing American jobs, or raping American women (in Trump’s words) would be paid by the Mexican Government and not only create thousands of jobs of American citizens, but a greater sense of security. But days before his inauguration it has been revealed what the truth of the matter is- if the wall is built, it will be most likely in the form of a fence, and the greatest kicker of them all is that the American taxpayer will be footing the bill. While he claims Mexico will reimburse the cost of the build, but Mexican authorities have stated that they will refuse to contribute to such a “racist monument”.
As Lucy Pasha-Robinson of the independent writes:
Donald Trump has claimed Mexico will reimburse the US taxpayer for any money spent on building a border wall between the two countries, after it emerged he would approach Congress to foot the bill.
House Republicans revealed the President-elect would use public funds for the estimated $14 billion (£11 billion) project, in a U-turn from the repeated pledge during his presidential campaign that he would force Mexico to fund its construction.
Mr Trump appeared to confirm reports on Friday by saying US funds would only be used “for sake of speed” and would subsequently be repaid by its neighbour country.
“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 wrote on Twitter.
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