Trump’s Claim Mexico is Paying For the Wall Met With Mockery, Fact-Checks: ‘This is Not How This Works’


President Donald Trump claimed in a tweet Thursday morning that his long-promised wall on the southern border is being paid for by Mexico.

It was a frequent refrain on the campaign trail: “I will build a great great wall on our southern border and I’ll have Mexico pay for that wall,” Trump frequently bellowed.

The president boasted in his tweet that his new trade deal with Mexico and Canada, the USMCA, saves the U.S. so much money that through it, “MEXICO IS PAYING FOR THE WALL!”

A few problems: Trump’s wall is not currently being built, the USMCA trade deal is essentially NAFTA with a few tweaks. The idea that NAFTA with a fresh lick of paint is going to fund Trump’s $25 billion border wall is… hard to believe.

Twitter took pains to point that out:

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