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Will Trumps promised wall become taxpayerfunded fence

first_imgWASHINGTON — It was the signature promise of his campaign: Donald Trump vowed to build an impenetrable, concrete wall along the southern border. And Mexico was going to pay for it.Now as he nears inauguration, that wall is sounding increasingly like it could end up a fence. And his team and Congressional Republicans are hatching a plan in which taxpayers — at least initially — would foot the bill.Trump and his aides insisted Friday the president-elect wasn’t breaking with his campaign vow.“Nothing has changed from our perspective,” said top Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway in an interview with CBS. She said Congress was “taking it on themselves to explore different options to pay for the wall,” and voiced no objections.Trump was more direct: “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!” he tweeted.Under the plan being discussed, the new construction would be pushed through without any new border legislation, relying on a 2006 law that authorized more fencing along the southern border. Congress would pay for it in its annual spending bills.last_img