How the president plans on Mexico funding the construction of his border wall has apparently changed, however, with the US leader claiming that the money would be returned through funds saved by the U.S.'s new trade deal with Mexico and Canada, the United States-Mexico-Canada agreement (USCMA).
Pentagon officials said the president would be justified if he used Department of Defense funding for the project, arguing a border wall could help limit drug trafficking and prevent criminals from sneaking into the country. "Let's fund the government", Sen.
In a heated debate with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer on Tuesday, the president said he would be "proud" to shut down the government if Democrats withhold the funding he wants for a border wall.
Ray says it's clear that if more border wall were in place right now, the high illegal immigration numbers currently being seen would not be occurring.
However, the tense meeting quickly became a war of words, with Pelosi asserting that she will not agree to any more funding for the construction of the president's wall.
"One way or the other, Mexico is going to be paying for the Wall", Trump said in his early Thursday tweet. Honestly. If the president really believed what he tweeted this morning, that his new NAFTA would pay for the wall, he wouldn't be threatening to shut down the government unless American taxpayers fund his wall.
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Rep. Davidson told NPR's Steve Inskeep that the donations could come from anyone and be gathered in a number of ways."You could do it with this sort of, like, crowdfunding site", Davidson explained. The new deal, which Trump has designated the USMCA, still must be approved by Congress before it takes effect, and some Democrats have signaled they will demand changes.
"Boy, this is a stretch", said William Hoagland, a former Republican staff director of the Senate Budget Committee.
Months later, in September he tweeted a clip from a campaign rally in Phoenix during which he again said Mexico would pay for a border wall. "They are not coming from Mexican taxpayers".
Democrats have asserted that the USA leader should accept $1.6 billion to go towards fortifying the border.
Mexican President said the border wall was not discussed on a phone call with the U.S leader on Wednesday.