Trump is going to ask Congress, not Mexico, to pay for his wall

As recently as New Year’s Eve, President-elect Donald Trump was riling up supporters with promises to build that border wall of his. The second half of Trump’s campaign promise to build the wall was that Mexico would pay for it, a cost Trump says checks in around $12 billion, while a Washington Post study said the figure is closer to $25 billion.

Given the cost, it was no surprise when after meeting with Trump in August, Mexico president Enrique Peña Nieto said that his country would not be paying for it. Yet still, Trump went on to give an immigration speech in which he vowed that Mexico would “100% pay for it.”

Fastforward to post-Election Day: Like so many other issues, PEOTUS has changed his tune. According to Republican congressional officials, Trump will be asking Congress for the funds to build his racist multi-billion border wall, CNN reports:

President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team has signaled to congressional Republican leaders that the President-elect’s preference is to fund the border wall through the appropriations process as soon as April, according to House Republican officials.

The Trump team argues it will have the authority through a Bush-era 2006 law to build the wall, lawmakers say, but it lacks the money to do so. Transition officials have told House GOP leaders in private meetings they’d like to pay for the wall in the funding bill, a senior House GOP source said.

Indiana Republican Rep. Luke Messer said on Thursday that, “It was not done in the Obama administration, so by funding the authorization that’s already happened a decade ago, we could start the process of meeting Mr. Trump’s campaign pledge to secure the border.”

Never mind that the key component of that campaign pledge was that Trump would use alleged deal-making skills to have Mexico pay for it, not the U.S. Messer added that, “Democrats may well find themselves in the position to shut down all of government to stop the buildout of a wall, or of a barrier, or of a fence.”

UPDATE, 1/6: Trump admitted in a tweet Friday morning about preparing to ask Congress to pay for the wall, but he also lied that the “dishonest media” failed to report how Mexico will be forced to reimburse the appropriations at a later time.

[CNN | Photo: Getty]