Trump's Mexico Assertion Is Getting Lots of Attention - Page 2
He reiterates on Friday that he never expected a check
- His campaign website: In 2016, Trump's campaign website said this in regard to funding the wall: "It's an easy decision for Mexico: make a one-time payment of $5-10 billion..."
- More on that: The Trump campaign also suggested that if Mexico didn't pay for the wall, the US would penalize it with actions such as impounding remittances and increasing visa fees, reports Vox. This was actually a fairly detailed plan, one that would invoke Section 326 of the Patriot Act, writes Emily Stewart. It's also different from what Trump is saying now about using the revised NAFTA deal to get the money, she adds.
- Past statements: At the Washington Post, Philip Bump details Trump statements on the subject going back to April 2015 and sums them up thusly: "He did, at times, claim that Mexico would carry out the equivalent of signing over a check." In April 2016, Trump told Fox's Sean Hannity: "They'll pay. They'll pay. In one form or another. They may even write us a check by the time they see what happens."
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