Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanPaul Ryan researched narcissistic personality disorder after Trump win: book Paul Ryan says it's 'really clear' Biden won election: 'It was not rigged. It was not stolen' Democrats fret over Trump-district retirements ahead of midterms MORE (R-Wis.) said the U.S. will fund the initial construction of President Trump’s wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.
“First off, we’re going to pay for it and front the money,” he told host Greta Van Susteren on MSNBC’s “For the Record” Wednesday.
Ryan said there are "various ways" to get Mexico to help foot the bill and refused to rule out the possibility that Mexico may reimburse the U.S., before adding that rank-and-file Republicans remain committed to making the wall a reality.
“There are a lot of different ways of getting Mexico to contribute to doing this,” he said. “There are different ways of defining how exactly they pay for it.”
“The point is, [Trump] has a promise that he made to the American people to secure our border,” Ryan added. “A wall is a big part of that. We agree with that goal.”
“We will be working with him to finance the construction of the physical barrier, including the wall, on the southern border.”
CNN reported Wednesday Congress may pay for Trump's wall using a special spending bill fleshed out over the next two months.
Trump signed an executive order earlier Wednesday directing federal agencies to begin building a wall on America’s southern border with Mexico.
“A nation without borders is not a nation,” he said, announcing the order at the Department of Homeland Security in Washington, D.C. “Beginning today, the United States of America gets back control of its borders.”
Trump made building a border wall a central pledge of his presidential campaign, frequently insisting Mexico would fund the structure.
The president admitted during an ABC News interview Wednesday, however, U.S. taxpayers would foot the barrier’s initial bill.
“[We’ll] absolutely [be] reimbursed at a later date,” Trump said of the federal government. “I’m just telling you there will be a payment.”
“I would say in months,” Trump added when pressed on a timeline for starting construction. “Certainly planning is starting immediately.”
Independent estimates peg the cost of completing a wall along America’s 2,000-mile southern border at between $15 billion and $25 billion.
Mexico’s government has repeatedly insisted it will not fund the barrier, with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto calling the project “against our dignity” earlier this month.