As he does so often, Donald Trump is trying to disappear his previous statements down the memory hole because they’ve become politically inconvenient for him. This time he’s claiming that he never said or meant that Mexico would pay directly for the border wall. That’s a lie, and an easily proven one.
Donald Trump has claimed that, despite his repeated promises that Mexico would pay for a wall on US southern border, he ”obviously never meant Mexico would write a cheque”.
Mr Trump has repeatedly promised that Mexico would pay for the wall, with the website for his 2016 campaign having previously claimed that Mexico would make a “one-off” payment of “$5-$10 billion”…The 2016 promise that Mexico would directly pay for the wall was also included in a ‘Pay for the Wall’ memo Mr Trump’s team issued early that year that proposed pressuring Mexico by cutting off remittances sent from undocumented Mexicans in the United States. It proposed amending the Patriot Act, passed after the September 11, 2001 attacks, to include wire transfers as accounts that could be frozen.
“It’s an easy decision for Mexico: make a one-time payment of $5-10 billion to ensure that $24 billion (in remittances) continues to flow into their country year after year,” the memo said. “We have the leverage, so Mexico will back down,” it said.
Speaking outside the White House, the president said he “never said they were going to write out a cheque” and that Mexico pay for it indirectly “many, many times over”.
Yeah, he said it many times over, but that was the second version. The first version, offered over and over again, was that Mexico would pay for it directly. But as usual, Trump is trying to convince people that he never said what he said, that only his most recent statements matter. Who are you going to believe, him or him?