President TrumpDonald TrumpPredictions of disaster for Democrats aren't guarantees of midterm failure A review of President Biden's first year on border policy Hannity after Jan. 6 texted McEnany 'no more stolen election talk' in five-point plan for Trump MORE on Thursday tweeted that "Mexico is paying for the wall" through savings the U.S. will make in a new trade deal known as the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA).
"I often stated, 'One way or the other, Mexico is going to pay for the Wall,'" Trump tweeted. "This has never changed. Our new deal with Mexico (and Canada), the USMCA, is so much better than the old, very costly & anti-USA NAFTA deal, that just by the money we save, MEXICO IS PAYING FOR THE WALL!"
I often stated, “One way or the other, Mexico is going to pay for the Wall.” This has never changed. Our new deal with Mexico (and Canada), the USMCA, is so much better than the old, very costly & anti-USA NAFTA deal, that just by the money we save, MEXICO IS PAYING FOR THE WALL!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 13, 2018
Trump this week threatened to partially shut down the government unless he gets the $5 billion he wants for the border wall.
He threatened before a meeting with Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerDemocrats calls on Biden administration to ease entry to US for at-risk Afghans Predictions of disaster for Democrats aren't guarantees of midterm failure Voting rights and Senate wrongs MORE (D-N.Y.) and House Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiPelosi says she's open to stock trading ban for Congress Manchin: Biden spending plan talks would start 'from scratch' Reps. Massie, Grijalva test positive for COVID-19 MORE (D-Calif.) that the U.S. military would build remaining sections of the wall if Democrats "do not give us votes to secure our country."
One of Trump's most popular presidential campaign platforms called on Mexico to pay for his proposed wall at the southern border, which Mexico has declined to do. Now, House GOP appropriators are considering a short-term, stopgap funding bill that would include the $5 billion in border wall funding Trump has demanded.
Trump's tweet on Thursday also came as the president has been pushing for Congress to approve the USMCA, which would replace the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). The president has threatened to scrap NAFTA in order to ramp up pressure on the incoming Democratic House.
Getting rid of NAFTA without a replacement would likely be a costly endeavor, experts say, sending stock markets plunging.
Multiple Democrats have expressed concerns about the USMCA, indicating they will put up a fight in the 116th Congress. It could wind up taking months to push the deal through with Democrats assuming the House majority.