President Donald Trump signed a new spending bill to avoid a government shut down and no money is being used to build the border wall. Trump ran his campaign on the promise of building a border wall along the U.S.-Mexico border and that Mexico would be paying for the wall. Of course, Trump has not been able to deliver on that campaign promise and, once again, Trump bowed and signed a spending bill with no provision for the border wall.
President Trump signed a new spending bill to avoid a government shutdown but without wall funding.
— WV Democratic Women (@WVFDW) September 28, 2018
Trump signed the bill to fund the government for a year while the American public watched the Senate Judiciary Committee handle the Kavanaugh hearings. The Senate Judiciary Committee advanced Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Senate despite multiple allegations of sexual misconduct.
The proposed border wall was a major campaign promise and has been a focal point of contention with Mexico.
— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) May 30, 2018
“They make all of this money, and they do absolutely nothing to stop people from going through Mexico, from Honduras and all these other countries, the caravan, all of this stuff,” Trump said during a rally in Nashville, Tennessee. “They do nothing to help us, nothing.”
Trump has avoided bringing up his wall pledge in public since the topic led the Mexican President to cancel plans for a visit to Washington early in Trump’s term.
Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto has unequivocally denied that Mexico will ever pay for the wall.
President @realDonaldTrump: NO. Mexico will NEVER pay for a wall. Not now, not ever.
Sincerely, Mexico (all of us).
— Enrique Peña Nieto (@EPN) May 30, 2018
“NO. Mexico will NEVER pay for a wall. Not now, not ever,” President Enrique Nieto wrote, in both English and Spanish. “Sincerely, Mexico (all of us).” It’s not the first time Peña Nieto has denied this.
The wall has strained relations between the two nations and impacted North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) talks.
— Michel Boyer (@BoyerMichel) May 23, 2018
The U.S., Mexico and Canada recently reworked NAFTA and created the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement. It is being billed as an updated version of NAFTA.
“USMCA will give our workers, farmers, ranchers, and businesses a high-standard trade agreement that will result in freer markets, fairer trade and robust economic growth in our region,” reads a joint statement by US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland. “It will strengthen the middle class, and create good, well-paying jobs and new opportunities for the nearly half billion people who call North America home.”
Former Mexico President Vicente Fox has long rejected the idea that Mexico will fund any border wall.
.@realDonaldTrump, I repeat once again: Mexico is NOT paying for your #FuckingWall. You want it? you pay for it. Why waste American people’s money? Having so many more priorities: education, health, infrastructure and a good relationship with both of your neighbors. https://t.co/diSKkFC0gg
— Vicente Fox Quesada (@VicenteFoxQue) May 30, 2018
The former President of Mexico has consistently denied Donald Trump’s claims that Mexico will pay for the border wall. He has been on the record multiple times about his displeasure with the wall and has commonly responded with his now signature line “Mexico is not paying for that f****n wall.”
Last October, prototypes were revealed in San Diego for the proposed border wall with exact details and funding source yet to be revealed.
So many false things coming out of Trump's mouth right now about the border wall, levels of illegal border crossings, etc.
1) If he truly believes what he is saying, he is delusional.
2) If he does not, he is lying.
— S.V. Dáte (@svdate) May 30, 2018
The president has said he wants as much as $25 billion for the border wall that could take about 10 years to complete, but the $1.3-trillion spending bill he signed back in March authorized only $1.6 billion for fencing, surveillance and other security measures. This leaves many open questions on who and what will pay for the border wall.