[Rushtalk] Trump Insists Mexico Will Pay for Wall After U.S. Begins the Work

John Quayle blueoval57 at verizon.net
Sat Apr 29 17:54:01 MDT 2017


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On 4/29/2017 6:48 PM, Carl Spitzer wrote:
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>   *Trump Insists Mexico Will Pay for Wall After U.S. Begins the Work*
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> By MICHAEL D. SHEAR <https://www.nytimes.com/by/michael-d-shear> and 
> EMMARIE HUETTEMAN <https://www.nytimes.com/by/emmarie-huetteman>JAN. 
> 6, 2017
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> Photo A newly built section of the United States-Mexico border wall, 
> photographed in November. President-elect Donald J. Trump claimed on 
> Friday that Mexico would reimburse the United States once construction 
> began on a new barrier. Credit Jose Luis Gonzalez/Reuters
>
> WASHINGTON — As congressional Republicans on Friday discussed quickly 
> moving ahead with plans for a southern border wall using money 
> included in this year’s spending bills, President-elect Donald J. 
> Trump 
> <http://www.nytimes.com/topic/person/donald-trump?inline=nyt-per> 
> insisted that Mexico 
> <http://topics.nytimes.com/top/news/international/countriesandterritories/mexico/index.html?inline=nyt-geo> 
> would ultimately pay for its construction.
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> “We’re going to get reimbursed,” Mr. Trump said during a brief 
> telephone interview. “But I don’t want to wait that long. But you 
> start, and then you get reimbursed.”
>
> The congressional Republicans’ talk led to speculation that Mr. Trump 
> was retreating on his campaign promise to make Mexico pay for the 
> wall. Mr. Trump insisted he is not.
>
> Republicans have balked at increases in domestic spending during the 
> Obama administration and are unlikely to enthusiastically rally behind 
> a proposal that could require billions of taxpayer dollars.
>
>
> Building a wall to keep out unauthorized immigrants could also face 
> intense opposition from a bipartisan coalition in Congress that argues 
> that a vast barrier along the border would be ineffective in stopping 
> people who are determined to enter the country illegally and would 
> represent a symbolic affront to the idea that the United States is a 
> welcoming country that embraces immigration.
>
> In the interview, Mr. Trump vowed that Mexico would ultimately 
> reimburse the United States. He said that payment would most likely 
> emerge from his efforts to renegotiate the North American Free Trade 
> Agreement with the Mexican government.
>
> “It’s going to be part of everything,” Mr. Trump said of the cost of 
> building the wall. “We are going to be making a much better deal. It’s 
> a deal that never should have been signed.”
>
> But he said that the trade negotiations would take time and that he 
> supported the idea of using taxpayer money to begin construction of 
> the border wall “in order to speed up the process.”
>
>  *
>
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> The full cost of a wall as described by Mr. Trump could be enormous. 
> Attaching such a charged issue to annual, mandatory government funding 
> measures could instigate a risky political fight. Those who want to 
> block money for the wall by holding up the bills could find themselves 
> accused of shutting down the government.
>
> The Government Accountability Office has estimated it could cost $6.5 
> million per mile to build a single-layer fence, with an additional 
> $4.2 million per mile for roads and more fencing, according to 
> congressional officials. Those estimates do not include maintenance of 
> the fence along the nearly 2,000-mile border with Mexico.
>
> “The chairman and the committee have no interest in threatening a 
> shutdown,” said Jennifer Hing, a spokeswoman for the House 
> Appropriations Committee, referring to Representative Rodney 
> Frelinghuysen, Republican of New Jersey and the committee’s new chairman.
>
> If funding for the border wall is included in spending bills this 
> spring, it would provide money to begin construction on a barrier that 
> was authorized by legislation passed in 2006, but was never completed.
>
> Ms. Hing said neither Mr. Trump’s transition team nor Republican 
> leaders had asked for funding to build a wall on the Mexican border.
>
> “If and when a proposal is received, we will take a careful look at 
> it,” she said in an email on Friday.
>
> At a rally in August in Phoenix, hours after meeting with President 
> Enrique Peña Nieto of Mexico, Mr. Trump vowed that America’s southern 
> neighbor would bear the financial burden 
> <https://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/01/us/politics/donald-trump-immigration-speech.html> 
> of securing the border.
>
> “Mexico will pay for the wall, believe me — 100 percent — they don’t 
> know it yet, but they will pay for the wall,” Mr. Trump said. “They’re 
> great people, and great leaders, but they will pay for the wall.”
>
> In a Twitter post on Friday, Mr. Trump mocked news reports about the 
> possible taxpayer funding of the border barrier, suggesting that 
> Mexico would be forced to reimburse the American government for any 
> costs incurred in building the wall.
>
> “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 
> <https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/817329823374831617>early 
> Friday <https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/817329823374831617>.
>
> Vicente Fox, who was Mexico’s president from 2000 until 2006, 
> responded to Mr. Trump’s Twitter message with a barrage of outraged 
> posts that became an internet talking point on their own. In one of 
> them, he made reference to the intelligence agency reports about 
> Russian meddling in the 2016 election.
>
> “Sr Trump, the intelligence report is devastating,” Mr. Fox said 
> <https://twitter.com/VicenteFoxQue/status/817502062170738689>. “Losing 
> election by more than 3M votes and in addition this. Are you a 
> legitimate president?”
>
> Representative Chris Collins, Republican of New York and one of Mr. 
> Trump’s liaisons on Capitol Hill, said on Friday morning that members 
> of his party in Congress were eager to get moving on construction of a 
> border wall, even if that meant using taxpayer money to finance it.
>
> In an appearance on the CNN program “New Day,” Mr. Collins said it 
> should come as no surprise to anyone that the United States government 
> would have to pay for building the wall. “Of course, we have to pay 
> the bills,” he said. “We’re building the wall.”
>
> As a candidate, Mr. Trump’s promise to build a wall to keep out 
> immigrants from Mexico was one of his most powerful speaking points. 
> He often used it at rallies to whip up his supporters and bolster his 
> argument that illegal immigration was damaging the United States.
>
> His repeated pledge to make Mexico pay was in part a way to rebut one 
> of the central criticisms of a border wall — that its cost could run 
> into the many billions of dollars.
>
> Democrats slammed the reports that Mr. Trump would ask Congress to 
> fund the project.
>
> “If President Trump asks Congress to approve taxpayer dollars to build 
> a wall, which he has always said would not be paid for by U.S. 
> taxpayers, we will carefully review the request to determine if these 
> taxpayer dollars would be better spent on building hospitals to care 
> for our veterans, roads and bridges to help taxpayers get to work, and 
> for N.I.H. to find cures for cancer,” Senator Patrick J. Leahy of 
> Vermont, the top Democrat on the Appropriations Committee, said in a 
> statement.
>
> Representative Nancy Pelosi of California, the Democratic leader, said 
> she thought even Republicans might balk at spending what she said 
> could be $14 billion on a wall.
>
> “I think that’s a heavy sell,” she said. “I think that’s a tough sell 
> for them.”
>
> Thomas Kaplan contributed reporting.
>
> https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/06/us/politics/trump-wall-mexico.html
>
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