Trump Insists New NAFTA Trade Deal With Mexico Will Pay For the Wall ‘Many Times Over’


President Donald Trump caused a stir on Thursday when he declared that he “never said” Mexico would pay for the wall directly.

Now, he’s arguing that his oft-repeated pledge that “Mexico will pay for the wall” is not incongruent with his new claims that it will be “funded” through a renegotiated trade deal.

Trump tweeted: “I often said during rallies, with little variation, that ‘Mexico will pay for the Wall.’ We have just signed a great new Trade Deal with Mexico. It is Billions of Dollars a year better than the very bad NAFTA deal which it replaces. The difference pays for Wall many times over!”

Trump’s claim has fueled headaches for fact-checkers since he started making it last year. First off, the new NAFTA deal hasn’t even passed yet, and if it does, won’t go into effect until 2020.

Secondly, Trump is asking Congress to fund the wall. If it ever gets approved, the money would come from the U.S. Treasury, i.e., taxpayers. You know where money saved from a renegotiated trade deal doesn’t go? The U.S. Treasury.

What’s more, during the 2016 campaign Trump pledged that Mexico would fund the wall with a “one-time payment” of $5-10 billion — which he said would take just three days of negotiations to obtain.

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