In a preview of tonight’s one-on-one interview with President Trump, his first since the inauguration, ABC News reported that Trump will take the first steps towards fulfilling one of the core promises during his campaign — to build a southern border wall and have Mexico pay for it.
President Trump is expected to sign an executive order later today that will officially allow the first phrase of the wall to begin, likely by diverting funds already allocated to border security.
Yesterday Trump sent out a tweet teasing today’s border and immigration orders by saying it’s going to be a “big day” planned for national security.
Big day planned on NATIONAL SECURITY tomorrow. Among many other things, we will build the wall!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 25, 2017
During his election rallies President Trump often used the phrase, “We’re going to build the wall, and Mexico is going to pay for it“, resulting in the crowd chanting at times, “Build the wall! Build the wall!’
Now, it appears the first steps towards building the border wall are about to take place, as Trump says that the construction will take place “in months” and the planning stages are taking place “immediately”.
In his first one-on-one television interview since being sworn in as the 45th president of the United States, President Donald Trump told ABC News anchor David Muir that Mexico would be paying for the proposed border wall and that negotiations between the two nations would begin “relatively soon.”
“Ultimately, it will come out of what’s happening with Mexico … and we will be in a form reimbursed by Mexico, which I’ve always said,” Trump said.
During the interview, which took place at the White House this morning, Trump said that Mexico would pay the U.S. back “100 percent.”
He confirmed that U.S. taxpayer dollars would be used to start the construction but said reimbursement would follow.
“All it is, is we’ll be reimbursed at a later date from whatever transaction we make from Mexico,” he said. “I’m just telling you there will be a payment. It will be in a form, perhaps a complicated form. What I’m doing is good for the United States. It’s also going to be good for Mexico. We want to have a very stable, very solid Mexico.”
When asked about the start of construction, Trump said it would happen in “months.”
“As soon as we can, as soon as we can physically do it,” he said. “I would say in months, yeah. I would say in months — certainly planning is starting immediately.”
President Trump’s first one-on-one interview since the inauguration will take place tonight on ABC at 10:00 p.m Eastern Time, where he is expected to further discuss national security. The president has said that Mexico will be paying for the wall in some form, although it may not be an actual direct payment towards its construction, but there are ways to fund the project so that it will begin as soon as possible and then work on getting reimbursed for it.
One theory that has be floated as to how Mexico will be paying is by putting a tax on ongoing money sent by immigrants in America to family they have in Mexico, known as remittances, which in 2015 was estimated to be a staggering $25 billion a year. A simple 10 or 15 percent tax on that money would go a long way into funding our country’s construction projects, since that money is being earning in America yet not spent domestically.
With President Trump hours away from an expected order, supporters can look forward to the day when ground is broken for the first blocks in what is sure to be a “big beautiful” border wall.