Immigration President Donald Trump on Thursday qualified his oft-repeated claim that Mexico will pay for a new border wall, now saying the costs will be covered “indirectly” through his new North American trade deal. “When I said Mexico is paying for the wall in front of thousands and thousands of people, obviously they are not going to write a check,” he told reporters on Thursday before departing for a trip to the southern border.Story Continued Below “They are paying for the wall indirectly, many, many times over by the really great trade deal we just made,” he continued. But it’s still unclear how any indirect economic impact stemming from the trade pact will provide funds for the wall. The White House and U.S. Trade Representative’s Office didn’t immediately respond to questions on how Mexico might indirectly pay for the $5.7 billion the president wants for the wall.What is clear is the new U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement Trump signed with other leaders on Nov. 30 contains no specific provision that requires Mexico to fund a wall. The deal requires congressional approval before it can take effect. Former Mexican officials who negotiated the deal with the Trump administration have repeatedly said there is nothing… Read full this story
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