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Trump Still Claims That Mexico Will (Maybe) Pay For The Wall — Eventually

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Trump Still Claims That Mexico Will (Maybe) Pay For The Wall — Eventually

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President-elect Donald Trump criticized news reports on Friday that U.S. taxpayers would pay for his planned border wall with Mexico, saying they were failing to report that U.S. funds used to start the project would be repaid by Mexico.

“The dishonest media does not report than any money spent on building the Great Wall (for sake of speed), will be paid back by Mexico later!” Trump said on Twitter.

The Mexico peso briefly weakened by about 0.22 percent following his comment. The Mexican currency has fallen to record lows against the dollar this week as Trump intensified his criticisms of businesses that produce goods there rather than in the United States.

It last traded at around 21.35 pesos to the dollar, little changed from Thursday.

CNN and other media organizations reported on Friday that Trump’s transition team had signaled to congressional Republicans that he preferred to fund the border wall through the appropriations process as soon as April.

Trump said in his note on Twitter that initial U.S. funding would be to get the wall started more quickly and Mexico would eventually repay the United States. Trump’s top aide Kellyanne Conway said the president-elect was not going back on his campaign promise to have Mexico pay for the wall.

“Nothing has changed from our perspective. Congress is taking it on themselves to explore different options to pay for the wall,” she told CBS News’ “This Morning” program on Friday.

“Obviously, we respect federalism, and if Congress is trying to find different ways to fund this project that is a top priority of President(-elect) Trump, then they should do that,” she said.

(Reporting by David Alexander and Susan Heavey; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)

IMAGE: U.S. President-elect Donald Trump talks to members of the media at Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Florida, U.S., December 21, 2016. REUTERS/Carlos Barria



  1. dbtheonly January 6, 2017

    Trump will bill them later? Trump? The guy whose spent his life avoiding paying his debts?

    Watch. Mexico will claim they did a lousy job building the wall and refuse to pay.

    1. dpaano January 6, 2017

      OR….they can file bankruptcy, which might happen anyway if he keeps downgrading their currency with his bloviating comments!

  2. ivory69690@yahoo.com January 6, 2017

    im thinking its coming a time for an oldie but not goodie back then in the Lincoln booth day then it wasn’t a goodie . but today it will be heaven sent and save the country and the world from this retarded clown . one can bet it very well might be one that voted for DONNY DUMP that drops the hammer on the POS

  3. zorro037 January 6, 2017

    I was tempted to say this looks clownish but my daughter call my attention to the fact that clowns are nice people. And this is not the case.

  4. ivory69690@yahoo.com January 6, 2017

    Mexico already told the DONNY DUMP clown to go to hell about the money for the wall . pretty much told him to go bang his mother (or his daughter ) if be it his daughter im sure he will say been there and done her already

  5. ivory69690@yahoo.com January 6, 2017

    Trump’s top aide Kellyanne Conway is just as retarded as the DUMPSTER is and she better watch out DONNY DUMP might tell her to bring her little girls in and the DUMPSTER has no age range that he wouldn’t try to molest them . and when thy tell mommie Conway she will tell them no no your wrong DONNY DUMP would never do anything like that . as thy are going into the operating room to get sewed back up . she is on her way to a hammer being dropped on her. then the kids might be with out momma Conway (more then likely thy be better off with out her . Trump’s top aide Kellyanne Conway is so stupid and covers and defends that POS DUMPSTER on every thing . one can bet she will get raped and beat by DONNY (if it hasent happen already ) she is going to fall into the eyes of the people of the country and thy wil see her just as bad as the DUMPSTER DONNY DUMP and it will be one of the brain dead DUMP followers that will drop the hammer on here . these are words to warn her just what kind of trouble she can be getting her self and her family into

  6. johninPCFL January 6, 2017

    Is anyone but the Trump voter even remotely surprised?

    1. itsfun January 6, 2017

      How can anyone that excuses Obama’s 20 trillion debt complain about another few trillion?

      1. Thoughtopsy January 7, 2017

        Well… that would be the Republicans… dumbass.
        You know… the same Republicans that shut down the Government and caused the sequester just to ensure that Obama didn’t spend too much?

        Those same Republicans who are drooling over their Orange God and already planning to massively outspend anyone else.

        You see, the GOP only care about Deficits when they are not in power.
        Once they get in power, they spend like a toddler in a candy store, and forget all about annoying things like Deficits and National Debt that were SO VERY IMPORTANT only months ago.

        Lets look at how recent Republican Administrations have added to the National Debt shall we?

        Now that’s difficult to pretend around, isn’t it?

      2. johninPCFL January 7, 2017

        Once again, you blame the wrong group. Congress does the spending. Did you hear about the Senate budget resolution just submitted? If enacted, it will add $9.7T to the debt: ““Republicans won the White House. Republicans control the Senate. Republicans control the House. And what will the first order of business be for the new Republican majority?” Paul asked. “To pass a budget that never balances,” the Kentucky Senator answered his own question. “To pass a budget that will add $9.7 trillion dollars of new debt in tens years.””

        Before Agent Orange’s military expansion. Before his ridiculous wall (that Mexico won’t pay for.) Before his trade war with China. Before his shooting war with Iran.

        Putin is out to bankrupt the US, and his puppet is setting out to do it.

        1. itsfun January 7, 2017

          The President proposes a budget and Congress acts on that proposal. When Obama didn’t get what he wanted he pouted and made threat after threat until the RINO’s gave in.

          1. johninPCFL January 7, 2017

            Again, bullshit. The houses of Congress propose their own budgets, which are just as meaningless as the presidential budget. Budgets aren’t spending. Appropriations laws are spending, and by Constitutional requirement, those laws originate in the House. The GOP has owned the House, and thus all federal spending, since 2010.

            The House passes appropriations bills for the Senate to act on. That was where Cruz locked up the House spending bill and proudly shut down the government. Once the Senate acts, if it has modified the House bill, the bill then goes to a conference committee to resolve differences, and from there back to the two houses before moving on to the president to sign. If the Senate accepts the House bill with no changes, it moves directly to the president. If the president doesn’t like a bill, he vetoes it. A government shutdown can result from a presidential veto, or from Congressional inaction. Every recent shutdown has occurred due to Congressional inaction.

            I just showed the Senate $9.7T overspending plan. Is Obama to blame for their continued overspending even though he won’t be president? Is he to blame even though there were no appropriations bills debated, nor budgets considered, for the last two years? Was GWB to blame for adding $7T to the national debt during his tenure (grew it from $5.8T to $12.8T)? Was Reagan to blame for adding $4T to the debt during his tenure (grew it from $400B to over $4T)?

          2. itsfun January 7, 2017

            Just more BS from you. You are doing anything and everything to make excuses for the failures of Obama and his administration. I guess they don’t work with the voters anymore.

          3. johninPCFL January 9, 2017

            Sorry, US Constitution Article 1 Section 7.

            For the US national debt, I use the website “debttothepenny” (handy name, right?) Remember, the previous president’s spending normally continues through the end of the new president’s first year (ending on 9/30), because the appropriations bills are usually signed by the previous president in August of his last year. So Reagan’s debt starts on 10/1/1981 and continues through 9/30/1989, and goes from $400B from Carter to $4.2T of his own spending. So, is that Congress or Reagan that added $4T to the debt?

            GHWB raised the tax rates and was defeated, and Bill Clinton had a booming economy, so between then they added $1.6T to the debt. The Clinton “budget surplus” existed, but spending exceeded his (and Congress’) budgets, thus creating more debt. See what I mean about budgets not being spending? Even during a “budget surplus” the debt continued to grow.

            Clinton handed GWB $5.8T of national debt and GWB handed Obama $12.8T. So is that Congress or GWB that added $7T to the debt?

            In 2014 Congress passed a two-year continuing resolution to fund the federal government through March of this year. That law was designed to ensure that Ted Cruz didn’t shut the government down during the election cycle, and Paul Ryan made that crystal clear. So clear, in fact, that Cruz filibustered the bill. As such, federal spending for the reign of Agent Orange begins in March instead of October because he’ll be signing the appropriations bills for it.

            So during Obama’s term, the national debt increased from $12.8T to (so far) about $20T. So, did Congress through their appropriations bills, or Obama through some mystical process undefined by the Constitution, add another $7T to the debt?

    2. dbtheonly January 6, 2017

      Only by the honesty in the admission that Trump has no clue how to get a Mexico to pay for his wall.

  7. bobnstuff January 6, 2017

    Mexico already said no! I guess Trump doesn’t understand that no means no, whether it’s a women or a country.

    1. dpaano January 6, 2017

      That’s not a word that he knows much about…..he’s never actually been told “no,” so he has no concept of its meaning! I hope he learns quickly that he can’t do all the things he THINKS he can do once he’s inaugurated. He seems to think that he can hit the Oval Office and start signing Executive Orders right and left…..good luck with that, Mr. Unpopular President.

    2. Aaron_of_Portsmouth January 6, 2017

      He’s going to go into gangsta’ mode and make an offer Mexico can’t refuse. But the plan will backfire, and a sack of tranquilized gophers will wind up on Trump Towers steps instead.

      1. Independent1 January 6, 2017

        Well, he’s got 40 years of experience in the gangsta’ mode scenario; he’s probably on a first name basis with most gang bosses this side of the Mississippi.

        1. bobnstuff January 6, 2017

          No he knows the ones on the other side to.Just how many connected presidents have we had. Trump is full of firsts.

  8. latebloomingrandma January 6, 2017

    So he builds the wall; what’s he going to do about the tunnels? Also, I heard that more terrorists are coming into the country via Canada, rather than Mexico. Does he plan to circle the US with one big wall?

    1. dpaano January 6, 2017

      Don’t give him any big ideas!!! As for the tunnels, I agree. Unless he’s going to put that wall 6′ deep, it’s not going to do much good. If someone wants to get across the border, they’re going to find a way to do it! And, if he keeps maligning Mexico and taking the value of their currency down, more Mexicans will be coming across the border any way they can! It would behoove him, logically, to work with Mexico to bring industry there so that the Mexican people have no reason to want to come here…..but, I guess that’s just too logical for a Republican’s mind to consider!

      1. JPHALL January 6, 2017

        Republican leaders want the cheap labor. They will sabotage any wall or deportation plan.

        1. Independent1 January 6, 2017

          It’s not only cheap labor; it’s labor that’s crucial to keeping hundreds maybe thousands of America’s businesses in business and millions of native-born Americans working. If Trump tries to deport any large chunk of illegals, the American economy will collapse every bit as bad as with the Great Recession.

        2. Thoughtopsy January 7, 2017

          I’d say that’s highly likely.
          The Southern Republicans have always been incredibly two-faced about this.

    2. Aaron_of_Portsmouth January 6, 2017

      Trump by now is thoroughly rabid and will try anything absurd. If his latest ideas aren’t insane enough, he’ll just cook up another half-baked idea to keep the hapless thinking he’s a miracle worker.

  9. itsfun January 6, 2017

    Wasn’t money already allocated in 2006 by Congress for this?

    1. InGen12 January 6, 2017

      And it was used to build 700 miles of fence.

      1. itsfun January 7, 2017

        I did a search and got different answers. Some places it didn’t happen, others say part of it happened, and some say all of it happen. What is one to believe.

    2. Aaron_of_Portsmouth January 6, 2017

      Yes, but your dear Trump’s Administration will take the rest of it out of your hide and hope that Mexico can be held up at gunpoint to demand that they reimburse you. Do you think that will happen?

    3. Independent1 January 6, 2017

      Believe it or not, Obama went ahead and used that money to build a wall across a sizeable portion of Texas; a wall that’s not doing a great deal to keep people out, like Trump’s wall won’t either, but the wall is creating a lot of environmental damage, speeding up the demise of a number of endangered species of animals (and even some people) and its actually giving Texas ranchers a fit because it’s blocking the normal grazing ranges of some animals that are being forced to invade the ranchers ranches (which they don’t like).

      See this article about that if you’re interested:

      The Environmental Impact of the U.S.-Mexico Border Wall

      Whether it has achieved those aims remains unclear, but what is clear in this part of Texas is that sections of the barrier bisect and isolate public and private lands, threatening to decimate wildlife habitats and leaving communities on both sides of the border that rely on wildlife tourism to wither.

      The Rio Grande traces the entire 1,254-mile border between Mexico and Texas. Alongside a 120-mile stretch of the river that ends at the Gulf of Mexico, more than 200 miles south of San Antonio, is what’s known as the Rio Grande Valley. Communities on both sides of the river here share generations of family and business connections. Jim Darling, mayor of McAllen—one of the larger communities on the Texas side—says Mexican nationals spend about $1.3 billion annually shopping in the town, coming for the better prices and
      greater selection. Some 70,000 visitors walk across the border, and tens
      of thousands more come by car or air every year.


      And believe it or not, Trump is going to get a lot of pushback from people liviing in states along the border WHO DON’T WANT ANY MORE WALLS BUILT!!!

  10. dpaano January 6, 2017

    This idiot is totally deranged! Does he actually think that Mexico is going to pay for the wall? Every comment he makes about Mexico just lowers the peso even more….pretty soon, they’ll be poorer than ever and there won’t be any way that Trump will get ANY money from them to build his stupid wall.
    As a note, there are several ranchers who’s property abuts the border and who do NOT want a wall on their property, plus there are places where rivers cross the borders, and putting up a wall would only block the water from flowing into the U.S. and causing even more bigger problems for ranchers who need that water for their cattle! I think he’s going to find it VERY difficult to put up the kind of wall that he talks about…..there are going to be many people that will not go for it at all! The bad part is that it’ll be our taxpayer money that he’ll spend putting up the stupid wall (the one that won’t work anyway), and that means the debt ceiling goes up along with the deficit! I wonder how all his little Trumpsters are going to like that…..they certainly whined about it when President Obama was around!

  11. ralphkr January 6, 2017

    I have posted many times just stupid. old-school, and ineffective a wall will be in comparison to a modern kill-zone. Just dedicate a strip one mile or more wide as off-limits, cover with pressure activated mines that only fire in response to 50+ pounds, sensors, automatic aim & fire machine guns, and patrol with armed drones. Initial cost is lower than a wall, annual maintenance is lower, deterrence far higher (after the first few hundred are blown up) and can be used along along coasts as well as both Mexican & Canadian borders. Of course, the orange one would not agree because a kill-zone would not be visible from outer space for Centuries like a wall. I wonder, shall his wall actually consist a row of interlocking giant ‘T’s?

    1. Thoughtopsy January 6, 2017

      You’re correct on both counts.

      1) The entire concept of a “Great Wall” is stupid from a rational perspective.
      It’s also stupid because of the net negative immigration figures, and the fact that most illegals fly into the country and overstay their Visas… how would a wall stop planes exactly?

      2) The concept has become part of Pres-Elect F**kface Von Clownstick’s ego… I like the interlinked “T” idea. You can guarantee that IF he ever builds even part of it, he will slap his name on it.

      Alas for Pres-Elect Loser… I don’t think the Congress is going to go along with this one. They’re damned if they do, and damned if they don’t, but spending $26 Billion on an ego trip will sure look like the worse option.

      My bet? They’ll build a massive imposing wall 2 miles long in some very visible spot, and put Trump on it in gold letters, then add some fences and drones elsewhere, and then stand on an Aircraft Carrier, slap each other on the backs, and declare “Mission Accomplished”.

      1. dtgraham January 9, 2017

        I think you may be missing ralph’s sense of humour there Thoughtopsy.

  12. Aaron_of_Portsmouth January 6, 2017

    Yes, Yes. Trump’s wildly insane promises are crumbling as expected. He wants to cover his arse by having the Government pay the cost by taking the funds out of the pockets of all of us, including the ninnies who expected him to come through on this assinine scheme. His hope is that he can use some of his Mafioso skills to extort money from Mexico to pay back taxpayers for his knuckle-headed idea.

    Is Trump and company a reenactment of “A Nightmare of Elm St.” (Pennsylvania Ave)?

  13. dtgraham January 7, 2017

    Other things that Trump wants Mexico to pay for:

    ~ Trump’s Betsy Devos Amway healthcare plan. Get terminally ill out of the comfort of your own home and become your own pyramid medical distributor!

    ~ Lorne Michael’s assassination.

    ~ All of Trump’s personal legal bills.

    ~ A very nice fancy vacation for Vladimir Putin. (sorry, “Putie” from “Rexy baby Tillerson” on Saturday night live.)

    ~ The 3 Christmas spirits that Trump is regularly visited by (hey, principle and integrity arenÈt
    part of Two Corinthinians, people).

  14. Jerry January 7, 2017

    I seriously doubt Mexico will ever pay for a wall that’s built (IF it really happens which seems to be the Republican plan as of now). What Republicans never want to tell anyone is just how many illegals were deported under the Obama Administration and how many fewer illegals have been entering the country since Obama took office than previously were AND most of all how it was the Republicans in Congress that refused to put into the budget enough funds for our Border Patrolmen to have enough people to better enforce no one entering illegally across the Mexican/American border and the people needed to process more deportations under current law passed during the Bush Administration of the steps needed to deport anyone. That has been hidden well from by Republicans from all of us, but it can be looked up and found to be true for anyone who wishes to do so.

  15. Thomas Martin January 8, 2017

    We do not need this stinking wall. It amazes me they are looking for funding and at the same time want to cut Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid funding. Why don’t they privatize the building of the wall and charge a “toll” fee to those who want to cross (joke)?


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