During his presidential campaign, Donald Trump promised that he would build a big wall stretching along the entire border between the United States and Mexico – and he promised that he would force Mexico to pay for it.
Mexico would not be able to withstand his superior negotiating powers, said Trump. Their resistance would crumple, he said, and Mexico would pay for the wall, so that American taxpayers wouldn’t have to spend a single cent.
Yet, despite Trump’s big promises, he has completely failed to convince Mexico to pay for the wall. Last night, the government of Mexico reiterated that it will not pay for the border wall. “Mexico does not believe in walls. I’ve said time again; Mexico will not pay for any wall,” Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto said.
Yesterday, Trump signed an executive order to begin work on his big border wall – using money taken from American taxpayers to do it.
This morning, Pena Nieto called the Donald Trump’s bluff, and abruptly canceled his plan visit to the United States to meet with Trump.
Speaker of the House Paul Ryan admitted on a nationally televised broadcast that American taxpayers are going to have to pay the entire bill for Trump’s wall. “We’re going to pay for it and front the money,” Ryan said.
The estimated cost of the wall is $15 billion. Donald Trump has never explained where he’s going to find that money. Either Trump will have to increase Americans’ taxes, or increase America’s debt to pay for his big wall.
The diplomatic failure of Trump led former U.S. Representative John Dingell to comment, “Trump can’t even get Mexico to sit down for a meeting, let alone pay for an idiotic $15,000,000,000 wall. The art of the deal, I guess.”