During a Playbook Live interview, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell completely dismissed U.S. President Donald Trump’s claim that Mexico will pay for his proposed wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.
When asked about the president’s belief that he can get Mexico to foot the bill for the border wall, McConnell aptly stated, “uh, no.”
Throughout the his 2016 presidential campaign, Trump repeatedly claimed that Mexico would pay for the border wall — one of his biggest campaign promises. Later, after the Mexican president said that Mexico would not pay for the wall, Trump tweeted that the wall would be built and the funds to build it would be “paid back by Mexico later.”
However, even GOP lawmakers don’t buy Trump’s explanation and have said time and time again that it is unrealistic. On Thursday, McConnell took this criticism a step further, saying that maybe the border wall isn’t even ideal for accomplishing Trump’s goals, as it is not the best for some places. The Senate Majority Leader’s statements echo the sentiments of border-state lawmakers, according to The Hill, “arguing that a mixture of fencing, technology and personnel is needed along the border.”
“I’m in favor of border security. There are probably some places along the border where that is probably not the best way to secure the border.”
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