WASHINGTON – Every US household would have to pay more than $100 for Donald Trump’s planned border wall if Mexico does not reimburse the cost.
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The bipartisan Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget has found that $120 per US household would be added to the national debt, the Independent reported.
Donald Trump, who ordered construction of a wall in one of his first executive orders since assuming the Oval Office, has consistently blamed the Democrats for a total national debt of more than $19 trillion. But the border wall would significantly add to the total amount if left unfunded.
House Speaker Paul Ryan confirmed there were “various ways” Mexico could pay the US back, and confirmed that the total cost was around $8 to $14 billion on MSNBC. Other estimates have reached $15 billion.
But Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto has clearly stated that the country would not pay for the project.
The narrative of the wall along the 2,000 mile border has changed significantly over the past two years. Trump insisted Mexico would pay for the wall. After the election, he said that Mexico would “reimburse” the US.
Following this incident, Pena Nieto cancelled a trip to visit Donald Trump. They reportedly held a phone call about the wall on Friday instead.