Building a wall along the U.S. southern border was one of President-elect Donald Trump’s campaign promises, and Wednesday he said construction on that wall would begin sooner rather than later.
In fact, he said it would begin immediately after he took office.
During a news conference at Trump Tower, the president-elect said he didn’t want to wait.
“I could wait about a year-and-a-half until we finish our negotiations with Mexico, which will start immediately after we get into office. But I don’t want to wait. Mike Pence is leading an effort to get final approvals through various agencies and through Congress for the wall to begin,” Trump said.
“I don’t feel like waiting a year or year-and-a-half. We’re going to start building,” he added.
When asked about who would pay for the wall, Trump reiterated that, in the end, Mexico would foot the bill.
“Mexico, in some form, and there are many different forms, will reimburse us. And they will reimburse us for the cost of the wall,” he continued. “That will happen, whether it’s a tax or whether it’s a payment. Probably less likely that it’s a payment. But it will happen.”
Trump also said that the Mexican government has been “terrific,” adding that he doesn’t blame them “for taking advantage of the United States. I wish our politicians were so smart.”
We do, too.
You can see his comments here:
It looks like Trump is going to follow through on his promise to get the wall up, and it couldn’t happen soon enough.
The president-elect’s sense of urgency is a refreshing change from the typical sluggish bureaucracy we’ve grown accustomed to coming out of Washington.
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