Remember that border wall Trump was going to build? And remember who was going to pay for it?
Well, the wall isn’t going to built on Mexico’s dime (like that was ever a possibility).
Donald Trump’s team and GOP House lawmakers are currently working on a plan to build Trump’s proposed wall along the U.S.-Mexico border using American tax dollars.
CNN reported Thursday that Republican leaders hope to fund the wall project through the appropriations process as early as April, citing House GOP officials.
Trump has long promised that Mexico will pay for construction of the wall, although his campaign has previously said that Mexico will reimburse the U.S. for the project’s costs.
Trump’s team is reportedly citing a 2006 law as authority for building the wall, but how it would be paid for is unclear.
Politico on Thursday reported that the ’06 measure in question was signed by former President George W. Bush and authorized the construction of a more than 700-mile “physical barrier” on the nation’s southern border. The law was never fully implemented and can be continued from where it left off due to its lack of a sunset provision.
When Trump met with Mexico’s president in late August, he said during a joint press conference that the issue of the wall never came up. But President Enrique Peña Nieto said after their meeting that he made it clear Mexico would not pay for the wall.