Trump: 'Dishonest Media' Flubbed Border Wall Story

Says Mexico will reimburse US for whatever it spends
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 6, 2017 4:09 AM CST
Updated Jan 6, 2017 6:36 AM CST
A counter-protester jumps over a Trump wall erected by the Washington State University College Republicans.   (Geoff Crimmins/Moscow-Pullman Daily News via AP)
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(Newser) – Donald Trump is apparently keeping his promise to build a "big, beautiful wall" on the border with Mexico, but dropping the part about making Mexico pay for it. Insiders tell Politico that Trump's transition team is working with Republican leaders on a plan to sidestep the need for new legislation by asking Congress to fund the wall under a George W. Bush-era law authorizing 700 miles of "physical barrier." The sources say Republicans are considering adding wall funding to a spending bill that must pass by the end of April. They believe Democrats are unlikely to threaten a government shutdown to fight the move—especially since President Obama and Hillary Clinton were among the senators that voted in favor of the 2006 law.

GOP lawmakers declined to confirm to CNN whether Trump is planning to use taxpayer dollars to build the wall, but Trump himself had a response to the story. "The dishonest media does not report that any money spent on building the Great Wall (for sake of speed), will be paid back by Mexico later!" he tweeted Friday morning. Reuters reports that a sheriff in Massachusetts has suggested using prison inmates from around the country to build the wall. "I can think of no other project that would have such a positive impact on our inmates and our country than building this wall," Bristol County Sheriff Thomas Hodgson, a Republican, said at his swearing-in ceremony this week. (Shares in wall-building companies and private prisons soared after Trump's election victory.)

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