What hap­pened to con­vinc­ing Mex­ico to pay for the wall?

The News & Observer (Sunday) - - Opinion -

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

EL­LIOTT SPAGAT AP

Pro­to­types of bor­der walls in San Diego.

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