Once again, according to President-elect Donald Trump, the mainstream media has taken a statement he made and altered its meaning. This time the statement was about Mexico paying for the proposed border wall.
Politico reported, “Trump’s transition team has ‘signaled’ to Republican Congress leaders that they wish to use Congress to funnel federal tax dollars into the wall’s construction as early as April.”
The president-elect tweeted angrily Friday that this was only half of the story.
The dishonest media does not report that any money spent on building the Great Wall (for sake of speed), will be paid back by Mexico later!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 6, 2017
Trump was responding to a report in Politico which stated in announcing plans to have U.S. taxpayers put up the money to build the wall, it was an ‘implicit’ acknowledgment by Team Trump that Mexico wouldn’t be paying for the wall.
House Republican Policy Committee Chairman Luke Messer told Politico, “There’s already in existing law the authorization for hundreds of miles of build out on the southern border. So, one important step in the right direction will be funding the existing law and beginning the building out of hundreds of miles of wall, or fence, on the southern border.”
Messer was referring to the 2006 Secure Fence Act, which was passed by George W. Bush.
In addition to Trump’s tweet, there were many posts on Twitter made by gloating Trump opponents, attacking the president-elect and his policies while referencing the controversy.
Some of the comments are shown below:
Barbara Kelley joked: ‘GOP: We will not fund any of the things. Less gov. GOP: Let’s build a big dumb wall and make citizens pay for it. Brilliant! Me: Burn it all.’
Bet said: ‘Can I not pay taxes for this s**t? Maybe Trump can start paying some – let him pay for his freaking wall.’
JB Brooks was more savage: ‘Remember, Mexico is gonna pay for that wall! You f**king snake oil salesman.’
Trump supporters responded to news reports on the border wall with skepticism…
Director Webber simply tweeted: ‘Mexico will pay for the wall.’ (with a thumbs-up emoji)
Jamison, meanwhile, accused a CNN report of being a “speculation article.” He added: ‘Wait till he’s in office. Also, tax costs to illegal immigrants was $4.2b in 2011. That’d pay off wall in 1 yr.’
@realDonaldTrump So we are lending money to Mexico to build a wall that they are paying back? Did you get any sleep?
— Tony Posnanski (@tonyposnanski) January 6, 2017
@realDonaldTrump Explain how you will make Mexico pay us back once we’ve already paid for it, and after they’ve made it clear they won’t.
— Cody Johnston (@drmistercody) January 6, 2017
H/T: Daily Mail
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