Update: President-elect Donald Trump made a border wall between Mexico and the United States his main campaign pledge, specifically in having the southern neighbor foot the bill.
After reports indicated that taxpayers would be paying for it, Trump took to Twitter to slam the "dishonest media" and promise Mexico will pay the U.S. back for the wall at a later time.
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
"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!" Trump wrote on his favorite social media platform.
Netizens were quick to lambaste Trump for his hypocrisy on Twitter.
There are actually people who BELIEVE that Mexico will pay us back for the "Great Wall." This is exactly why he won with uneducated voters.— EmiliaA8 (@emnercessiann) January 6, 2017
"Great Wall"— The Borg Queen (@The_Borg_Queen_) January 6, 2017
Trump:Who's gonna pay for the wall?
Trump:We're gonna pay for the wall
We’re about a week away from Trump claiming that the Chinese stole the name “Great Wall” from him https://t.co/7WfpELxXhl— Matt O'Brien (@ObsoleteDogma) January 6, 2017
In 6 days Republicans have shown that they are more willing to fund a Great Wall than provide the American people with health care.— Simar Ahluwalia (@sahluwal) January 6, 2017
Trump's spokesman, Sean Spicer, asserted on Friday that despite the U.S. paying for the wall initially, Trump hasn't "broken his promise."
Turns out, the president-elect will be asking Congress to fund the project he promised another country would pay for.
Of all the ridiculous and absurd things to come out of Donald Trump’s mouth during his disturbingly divisive presidential campaign, his plan to build a “big, beautiful” wall on the U.S.-Mexico border was perhaps the most unrealistic.
Without giving any specific details or explaining his game plan, the billionaire mogul spent a better part of his campaign telling his fans that once elected, he would not only build a huge concrete wall with a big gate so that people could only come in legally, but that he would make Mexico pay for it.
He also spent quite a lot of time insulting Mexicans, calling them criminals, rapists (twice) and drug dealers.
Obviously, the Mexican government outright refused to fund the imaginary project. Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto even likened Trump to Hitler and Mussolini. When the two met later, the boisterous real estate developer didn’t even discuss payment for the infamous multi-billion dollar wall, as he had repeatedly said he would.
The entire idea was dubious since the beginning, but then the unexpected happened and America elected a former reality TV star who once said “grab ‘em by the p****” over a former secretary of state who could have been the first female president of the United States.
Soon after the election, as reality began to set in for Trump, the incoming commander-in-chief changed his stance just a little bit and said the border wall might just be a fence after all — but Mexico was still going to pay for it, somehow.
However, it now appears that the president-elect will shockingly (NOT) ask Congress to pay for the structure. As the CNN reports, House Republican officials said the appropriations process will probably commence as early as April.
“Republican leaders, in tandem with Trump’s transition staff, are considering using a 2006 law signed by former President George W. Bush that authorized the construction of 700 miles-plus of “physical barrier” on the southern border,” stated Politico. “The law was never fully implemented and did not include a sunset provision, allowing Trump to pick up where Bush left off — with the help of new money from Congress.”
The proposal is likely to meet some resistance from the Democrats over public funding, but the bottom line is by proposing to use taxpayer money to construct the wall, Trump is breaking his key campaign promise.
Recent reports also revealed that Trump’s transition team asked the Department of Homeland Security for records on border surveillance and its ability to expand the use of immigrant detention centers.
Just two more weeks until the inauguration, folks.