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President Trump breaks from campaign promise, now says Mexico will pay for border wall through ‘great new trade deal’

January 9, 2019

President Trump delivered his first national address by discussing border security, and making his case for why there needs to be a wall.

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.”

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“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.

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“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.

“The fact is, President Trump has chosen to hold hostage critical services for the health, safety and well-being of the American people and withhold the paychecks of 800,000 innocent workers across the nation, many of them veterans.”

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