REPORT: Financial Cost of Trump’s Wall Skyrockets

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A new analysis of President Trump’s proposed U.S.-Mexico border wall estimates a cost of $21.6 billion and a three-year time frame for construction.

The report came from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Thursday, according to Reuters.

The border wall would be a compilation of high-elevated fencing and walled barriers.

The official blueprint of the proposed wall covers appx. 1,250 miles (2,000 km). Completion of the wall is estimated to occur by the end of 2020.

Trump’s campaign originally priced the cost of construction at $12 billion. Republican elites, House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, had estimated a price tag of $15 billion for the wall’s development.

Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary John F. Kelly is expected to receive a full briefing on the new report in the next few days.

A DHS spokesperson, however, declined to comment to reporting media regarding the latest estimates on the wall: “The department does not comment on or confirm the potential existence of pre-decisional, deliberative documents.”

Another White House spokesperson claims that it’s “premature” to accept the report’s validity when it has not been officially presented to the president.

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