Will Mexico actually pay for Trump's 'Great Wall'?
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Will Mexico actually pay for Trump's 'Great Wall'?

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Building a wall along the Mexico–U.S. border was a key pillar of Donald Trump's presidential campaign. The Washington Post estimates Trump's wall would cost at least $25 billion. Who is going to pay for it? Trump says Mexico will. But Mexico President Enrique Peña Nieto has vehemently denied the country will pay for any border wall. Now Trump is asking Congress to pay for the wall, although the President-elect maintains Mexico will pay for it... eventually. Who do you think will pay?

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Trump has long maintained that he will "build a wall" and Mexico will pay for it—which has become a rallying cry for millions of his supporters.

Skeptics of Trump's wall proposal include the current President of the United States.

Some folks aren't even sure if constructing a wall along the border is even feasible.

But Trump has dismissed any arguments about the feasibility of building 1,989 miles of border fencing.

And will Mexico even pay for the wall? Former Mexican president Vicente Fox responded by dropping the F-bomb.

When pushed, Trump responded to Fox's comments by saying "The wall just got 10 feet higher."

During the presidential campaign, Trump said he would use trade tariffs and the Patriot Act to block wire transfers by citizens to Mexico unless the neighboring country agrees to pay for the wall.

But some experts think Trump's interpretation of the Patriot Act won't hold up in court and would be a gross overreach of executive powers.

Now Trump is asking for Congress to pay for the wall, just so he can quickly fulfill his campaign promise. But adding billions to the budget for a border wall that the majority of Americans oppose could have severe political consequences:

If Mexico refuses to pay for the wall, the GOP could add billions of dollars into the spending bill that needs to pass by April 28 to keep the government open. But doing so would force a showdown with Senate Democrats and potentially threaten a government shutdown.

Trump was quick to slam the media over reports that Congress would pass a spending bill for the wall, and tweaked his position to argue Mexico will reimburse the U.S. for construction costs at a later date.

New York Rep. Chris Collins also says it's inaccurate to critique the Congressional budget maneuver as an about-face, because Trump has enough leverage to force the country to pay for the border wall:

"When you understand that Mexico's economy is dependent upon US consumers, Donald Trump has all the cards he needs to play," Collins, congressional liaison for the Trump transition team, told CNN's Alisyn Camerota on "New Day." "On the trade negotiation side, I don't think it's that difficult for Donald Trump to convince Mexico that it's in their best interest to reimburse us for building the wall."
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