What happened to convincing Mexico to pay for the wall?
Donald Trump is again threatening a government shutdown if Congress doesn’t appropriate $5 billion to start constructing his “beautiful” border wall. But remember all the rallies and speeches where he repeatedly promised that Mexico would pay for the wall? “Believe me, Mexico will happily pay,” he said. Why? Because, he claimed, he’s an “incredible businessman” (despite much evidence to the contrary).
Well, Mexico hasn’t paid — and has always said it has no intention of paying — for the wall, and now he wants to burden American taxpayers with the cost. It’s likely he always knew Mexico would refuse to pay for the wall, but nevertheless continued to make his outlandish promise hoping his supporters would forget about it when 2020 rolled around. Let’s hope Americans have a better memory than he thinks they do. Jack Hicks Chapel Hill
Prototypes of border walls in San Diego.