If you showed up hungry for lunch with a friend on the understanding they’re picking up the tab, you’d probably feel swindled if they ordered the most expensive appetizer, unexpectedly asked you to cover the check, and then promised to pay you back later. But that’s the approach President-elect Donald Trump is taking with one of his signature campaign promises.
On Friday, CNN reported that Trump’s transition team “has signaled to congressional Republican leaders that his preference is to fund the border wall through the appropriations process as soon as April, according to House Republican officials.” Meanwhile, the AP reports that Trump’s “wall” will actually involve “fencing and other technology along the southern border.”
U.S. taxpayers footing the bill for “fencing and other technology” falls far short of the promise Trump repeatedly made during his campaign, when one of his signature pledges was that Mexico would pay the entire cost of a roughly $10 billion “great wall.” (One study concluded building a physical wall along the southern border would actually cost as much as $40 billion, which might explain why Trump’s “wall” is looking more of a high-tech fence these days.)
During the speech in which he launched his candidacy in June 2015, Trump said, “I will build a great wall — and nobody builds walls better than me, believe me — and I’ll build them very inexpensively. I will build a great, great wall on our southern border, and I will make Mexico pay for that wall. Mark my words.”
Then, during a town hall hosted by Sean Hannity in February 2016, Trump said, “we’re going to build a wall and it’s going to be a serious wall.” He urged listeners to “just remember — and you remember I said it. Mexico is going to pay for the wall.”
“If I’m wrong about this, you’re going to all come back, have another meeting and I’ll apologize to you, okay?” Trump added. “It’s going to be a serious wall, it’s going to be a great wall — it’s not going to be a wall that they just climb up.” Read full story here