Trump: Mexico will pay US back for 'Great Wall'
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President-elect Donald TrumpDonald TrumpVirginia GOP gubernatorial nominee acknowledges Biden was 'legitimately' elected Biden meets with DACA recipients on immigration reform Overnight Health Care: States begin lifting mask mandates after new CDC guidance | Walmart, Trader Joe's will no longer require customers to wear masks | CDC finds Pfizer, Moderna vaccines 94 percent effective in health workers MORE appeared willing on Friday to concede that taxpayers may foot the initial bill for his proposed wall along the southern border, though he insisted Mexico would cover its cost in the end.

Reports emerged Thursday that Trump was working with House Republicans on a plan to fund the wall project through appropriations.

The president-elect has repeatedly pledged that Mexico would pay for the wall designed to keep its citizens from entering the U.S. illegally, but he tweeted early Friday morning that "for the sake of speed," other funds might be used first.


CNN reported this week that GOP lawmakers were hoping to fund the border wall as soon as April. Republicans said they believed Democrats would fall in line when faced with the choice of funding the wall or shutting down the government. 

“[It is] big dollars, but it is a question of priorities,” Rep. Luke Messer (R-Ind.) told CNN. “Democrats may well find themselves in the position to shut down all of the government to stop the buildout of a wall, or of a barrier, or of a fence.”

Trump has promised since the early days of his presidential campaign that Mexico would cover the final costs of the wall. He has proposed sharp tariffs on money that native Mexicans send back to their families as one way of making up the wall's price, which is expected to run in the billions of dollars.