The Many Ways Trump Has Said Mexico Will Pay for the Wall

What Mr. Trump Said

“When — during the campaign, I would certainly say, “Mexico can be going to pay for the item.” Obviously, I never said This specific as well as also also I never meant they’re going to write out a check. I said, “They’re going to pay for the item.” They are. They are paying for the item with the incredible deal we made, called the United States, Mexico, as well as also also Canada USMCA deal.”

— in remarks to reporters on Thursday

Mr. Trump can be rewriting the premise of his central campaign promise, a pledge which he has repeated hundreds of times as well as also also has said would certainly be “so easy” to fulfill.

Though he can be often vague about how Mexico would certainly foot the bill, Mr. Trump has offered occasional specifics, including compelling Mexico to make an one-time payment of $5 billion to $10 billion.

Before he officially declared his candidacy, Mr. Trump proposed to “deduct costs by Mexican foreign aid” in an April 2015 Twitter post.

As early as August 2015, his campaign website stated: “Mexico must pay for the wall as well as also also, until they do, the United States will, among various other things: impound all remittance payments derived by illegal wages; increase fees on all temporary visas issued to Mexican CEOs as well as also also diplomats (as well as also also if necessary cancel them); increase fees on all border crossing cards — of which we issue about 1 million to Mexican nationals each year (a major source of visa overstays); increase fees on all NAFTA worker visas by Mexico (another major source of overstays); as well as also also increase fees at ports of entry to the United States by Mexico [Tariffs as well as also also foreign aid cuts are also options].”

Mr. Trump then suggested, confusingly, which he would certainly pressure Mexico to pay through trade in a February 2016 town hall-style meeting: “All I have to do can be start playing with which trade deficit, as well as also also believe me, they’re going to pay for the wall.”

In a March 2016 memo, Mr. Trump outlined which argument in more detail as well as also also said, “the item’s an easy decision for Mexico: make a one-time payment of $5-10 billion to ensure which $24 billion continues to flow into their country year after year.” Otherwise, he said, the United States would certainly impose tariffs, cancel visas as well as also also raise visa fees.

Days before he took office in January 2017, Mr. Trump said on Twitter which “any money spent on building the Great Wall (for sake of speed), will be paid back by Mexico later!” He repeated This specific suggestion about “reimbursement” in an August 2017 news conference.

Lately, Mr. Trump has argued which Mexico would certainly indirectly pay for the wall through the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, an updated type of the North American Free Trade Agreement.

however which claim can be baseless. Nothing inside the deal compels Mexico to pay for the wall, as well as also also the item has yet to be ratified by Congress. Any reduction inside the trade deficit would certainly not necessarily produce an increase in government revenues which could go directly or indirectly toward paying for the wall. Additionally, any potential increase in government revenue generated by increased economic activity by the deal would certainly come by American taxpayers, not Mexico.

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