Trump reiterates 'Mexico will pay for the wall' after $18B request to Congress

Trump reiterates 'Mexico will pay for the wall' after $18B request to Congress
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpAustralia recognizes West Jerusalem as Israeli capital, won't move embassy Mulvaney will stay on as White House budget chief Trump touts ruling against ObamaCare: ‘Mitch and Nancy’ should pass new health-care law MORE said Saturday that Mexico will pay for his proposed wall on the U.S.–Mexico border, one day after it was reported that he will ask Congress for $18 billion to fund the wall.

“I believe Mexico will pay for the wall. I have a very good relationship with Mexico,” Trump said at a press conference at Camp David on Saturday.

“But yes, in some form, Mexico will pay for the wall.”


Mexican leaders have repeatedly said that they will not pay for the wall.

The Trump’s administration’s plan, first reported by The Wall Street Journal on Friday, would nearly double the amount of fencing on the border, as well as hire thousands more border patrol agents and other officials to secure the border.

Trump has insisted that he will not sign legislation to extend protections for recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program unless funding for his long-promised wall is included in the bill.

He met with Senate Republicans on Thursday to discuss a DACA fix.