On January 6th, 2017, CNN claimed that American taxpayers, not Mexico, would pay for the wall.1 CNN stated that a piece of legislation in Congress would force Americans to foot their own bill for Trump’s now infamous campaign promise.
CNN, a news outlet responsible for propagating the Donald Trump golden showers dossier, has been caught, again, falsifying a headline. A budget for border security is a part of a large Congressional spending bill that must be passed by April 28 to avoid a government shutdown. This bill will fund multiple programs within the bureaucracy. If Donald Trump has not negotiated a deal to make Mexico pay for the wall by this time, then U.S. taxpayers could end up fronting some of the initial costs. Oddly, CNN actually admits this in their own article: “If Mexico refuses to pay for the wall, the GOP could add billions of dollars into the spending bill that needs to pass by April 28 to keep the government open.”2
So as of now, U.S. taxpayers are not scheduled to pay for their wall, not that many would mind this happening. Illegal activities at border are a big problem for the United States, which has spent hundreds of millions of dollars to stop the influx of aliens, drugs, and sex trafficking coming into the country from Mexico. Trump has roughly 3 months from the time he takes office to the deadline of the Congressional spending bill to devise a plan. And many media outlets are now agreeing, he just might have the upper hand in the deal.
On January 18, 2017, The Washington Post published a column that proves Donald could easily make Mexico pay for the wall.3 His formula? Applying 20% tariffs on imports from Mexico. Since the 1990s, under NAFTA and TPP, taxes on imports have been significantly reduced or nonexistent. North America’s “free trade” agreement was promoted as an ideal scenario for the entire world, yet long term effects show a crippling of manufacturing in the United States. Skeleton towns, abandoned plants, and vacated mills have become typical findings in the Rust Belt. Trump’s promise for import tariffs means that Mexico will indeed pay for the wall whether they like it or not.
In just one year, Trump’s 20% slap-in-the-face to Mexico would equate to roughly 13 billion dollars in revenue, which is about the amount required for building his promised wall. So yes, the “Great Wall of America” will stand. And yes, Mexico will be writing the check.