DONALD TRUMP has said he never expected Mexico to ‘write out a cheque’ to pay for a border wall, only to pay ‘indirectly’.
The US president (pictured), who is seeking £4.5billion from Congress to fulfil an election pledge to build a wall along the southern border, said yesterday: ‘When during the campaign, I would say Mexico is going to pay for it. Obviously I never said this and I never meant they are going to write out a cheque.’
He added: ‘They are paying for it with the incredible deal we made called the United States, Mexico and Canada it’s a trade deal.’ He claimed Mexico will pay ‘many, many times over’ through this deal, which is yet to be signed into law.
Mr Trump also warned, before paying a visit to the Texan border, that if he fails to make a deal with Democrats to secure funding, it would be ‘very surprising’ if he did not declare a national emergency. The US government has been partially shut for 21 days because of the stand-off.
Last night, Mr Trump announced he would not attend a meeting of world leaders in Davos this month in protest at the continued opposition.