Washington: According to reports the president-elect Donald Trump will ask Congress to fund the $14 billion project as soon as April.
However, he has claimed that all the US taxpayer money will be reimbursed by by Mexico after House Republicans reported that the estimated $14 billion cost of the wall will be constructed using public funds.
This is a major U-turn from his previous rhetoric he used throughout the campaign that Mexico will bear all costs of the construction of the all between the borders of the two countries.
Donald Trump confirmed the reports when he posted a message on twitter saying that the only reason US funds are being used is to speed up the process and these funds will eventually be paid back by Mexico.
His tweet said: “The dishonest media does not report that any money spent on building the Great Wall (for the sake of speed), will be paid back by Mexico later!”
The dishonest media does not report that any money spent on building the Great Wall (for sake of speed), will be paid back by Mexico later!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 6, 2017
As usual he has not explained as to how he will convince or force the government of Mexico to pay for the wall. Donald Trump has already retracted from some of his claims. He has admitted that the wall not completely cover the border and some areas will have to be just fenced.
According to CNN House Officials have said that the appropriation process to seek the required funds from the Congress will begin as soon as April.
Enrique Pena Nieto, the president of Mexico has said that he had already told Donald Trump during his election campaign that Mexico is not going to pay for the wall.
Former Mexican president Vicente Fox Quesada posted a tweet that said : “Trump may ask whoever he wants, but still neither myself nor Mexico are going to pay for his racist monument. Another promise he can’t keep”.