Trump Claims Mexico IS Paying for the Wall

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(John T. Bennett, CQ-Roll Call) As federal investigators appear to be moving closer and closer to his doorstep, President Donald Trump broke his silence on several new legal developments but he returned Thursday to his familiar contention that Mexico will pay for his southern border wall.

“MEXICO IS PAYING FOR THE WALL!” he roared during his “executive time” in the White House residence.

“I often stated, ‘One way or the other, Mexico is going to pay for the Wall,’” Trump wrote, referring to his 2016 campaign trail rhetoric. “This has never changed.”

Mexican leaders from two administrations in Mexico City have been consistent and unified in saying their government will not give Washington one penny for any border barrier.

But Trump contends the revised North American Free Trade Agreement his administration negotiated with Mexico and Canada contains terms so favorable to the United States that Mexico, should Congress approve it, would pay for the barrier “just by the money we save.”

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer emerged from a contentious Oval Office meeting with Trump on Tuesday afternoon and expressed dismay that the president told them he still believes Mexico will pay.

Pelosi told colleagues once back at the Capitol that Trump told the Democratic leaders America’s southern neighbor will pay for the wall “one way or another.”

When they pushed back, Trump went to the same contention that Mexico would pay via the trade deal, known as the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, or USMCA.

The expected next speaker says she told Trump she would “go out and tell people that you think that Mexico is paying for it with money that should be going into our economy.”

But now she doesn’t have to. Trump is doing it himself.

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