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Conway: Trump plan for Mexico to pay for wall hasn’t changed

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Incoming White House counselor Kellyanne Conway claimed Friday that President-elect Donald Trump “hasn’t changed” his campaign promise to make Mexico pay for a wall on its border, even as Trump and congressional leaders prepare a plan to fund the wall with billions in United States government funds. 

The new Trump plan would rely on legislation that passed but was never fully implemented during the George W. Bush administration. Trump slammed the “dishonest media” Friday for reporting the new plan, tweeting that Mexico will still be forced to pay for the wall later even if Congress appropriates funds for the project. 

{mosads}Conway defended the tweet in an interview with Fox News, insisting that there had been no change in Trump’s key campaign promise.
“This is an important tweet, because obviously a centerpiece of Donald Trump’s successful campaign was, ‘I am going to build a wall and have Mexico pay for it.’ That hasn’t changed,” Conway said in an interview with Fox News.

“But Congress is examining ways … to have the wall paid for through their auspices, and then Mr. Trump is making a point … that he will have Mexico pay it back.”

Conway also pushed back on the accusation that having Congress pay for the wall is a violation of Trump’s campaign pledge.

“[M]aking a suggestion that he is going back on a campaign promise — that is not true. He is going to build that wall and Mexico is going to pay for it, that hasn’t changed,” Conway maintained.

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