President Trump admitted Thursday that Mexico won’t actually be cutting a check for his proposed border wall.
Despite promises that began early in his campaign that Mexico would fund the project, Trump instead said that the funds would come in “indirectly.”
“The wall will also be paid for indirectly by the great new trade deal we have made with Mexico,” he said during Tuesday’s address from the Oval Office.
The new deal between the U.S., Mexico and Canada, replacing the preexisting North American Free Trade Agreement, will not necessarily actually bring in more money unless Trump raises tariffs, which goes against the nature of the agreement.
Trump has held the budget hostage until it includes $5.7 billion for his wall, which has led to a weeks-long government shutdown.
“The President is rejecting these bipartisan bills which would reopen government over his obsession with forcing American taxpayers to waste billions of dollars on an expensive and ineffective wall, a wall he always promised Mexico would pay for,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi during the Democratic rebuttal.