President Donald Trump said Thursday that Mexico is paying for a border wall through trade.
A Key campaign promises is to build the border Wall that will slow the flow of illegal immigration, President Trump pledges that Mexico, not taxpayers – would fund it.
In a Tweet early Thursday, President Trump wrote that he had found a way to meet that promise.
Savings for the United States as a result of the renegotiated trade deal between the United States, Mexico and Canada will pay for the wWall, he said.
“Just by the money we save, MEXICO IS PAYING FOR THE WALL!,” he wrote.
Funding for the border wall has been “a point” in spending bills before Congress, and President Trump fenced in public on TV with leading Democrats over the issue during an Oval Office meeting Tuesday
Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer (NY) ridiculed President Trump over his Mexico claim on Thursday.
“Mr. President: If you say Mexico is going to pay for the wall (which I don’t believe), then I guess we don’t have to! Let’s fund the government,” Schumer retorted in his own Twitter post.
Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador aka AMLO, said the border Wall was not discussed on a phone call with President Trump Wednesday.
“We have not discussed that issue, in any conversation. … It was a respectful and friendly conversation,” AMOL told reporters following a Tweet in which President Trump said a new trade deal with Mexico and Canada would cover the cost of the Wall.
Instead, he said the 2 leaders spoke about the possibility of creating a joint program for development and job creation in Central America and Mexico. The White House confirmed the call was about immigration.
“They discussed the need to address illegal migration from Central America to the United States by addressing the drivers of migration, such as insecurity and economic stagnation,” White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said.
AMOL said he also discussed a possible meeting with President Trump in Washington.
“He invited me. I’m also able to go to Washington, but I think that both for him and for us there must be a reason and I think the most important thing would be to sign this agreement or meet with that purpose,” said President Lopez Obrador.