Trump reveals that it will be US taxpayers who will fund his border wall

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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.

He did not clarify how he intended to force the Mexican government to repay the US.

It follows a string of similar reversals for the incoming leader. In October, he suggested for the first time that Mexico would reimburse the US for the cost of the wall, and in November, he admitted certain areas would likely be a “fence”.

In December, he claimed parts of the wall he pledged to build would not be needed due to “mountains” and “vicious rivers” in some areas.

He did not clarify how he intended to force the Mexican government to repay the US.

It follows a string of similar reversals for the incoming leader. In October, he suggested for the first time that Mexico would reimburse the US for the cost of the wall, and in November, he admitted certain areas would likely be a “fence”.

In December, he claimed parts of the wall he pledged to build would not be needed due to “mountains” and “vicious rivers” in some areas.

House officials told CNN Mr Trump would seek to fund the project through the appropriations process as soon as April.

A total of 12 standard appropriation bills are passed each fiscal year by Congress that cover federal government spending.

However, many are concerned by the huge cost of the project to the taxpayer.

Former Mexican president Vicente Fox Quesada denied Mexico would refund any cost associated with building the 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,” he wrote on Twitter on Friday.

If Trump wants to make good on the campaign promise that may have very well won him the election, it seems like the route will be a backhanded one and it will be at the cost of taxpayers and not the Mexican government like he promised. Instead of the tedious task of creating a new bill to approve the wall, Trump’s administration will be using current legislation  already available which allows for fencing and other technology to be developed along the southern border.  “In sneaking Trump’s wall into an existing bill, Congress can bypass opposition and move toward securing funding for the surely expensive border measure.”

How do you think the move to make U.S taxpayers pay for the wall reflect on how  he plans to execute other of his campaign promises? Do you think the end result of the new “fence” or wall  will be to the satisfaction of those who voted Trump in for the main purpose it’s creation? If you are a U.S taxpayer, are you in support of your hard earned dollars going towards this cause?  Share your views in our comment section below.

 

(Article By Tasha Sharifa)

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