‘Mexico Ain’t Footing the Bill’: Schumer Tears Into Trump’s Claim That Mexico Will ‘Indirectly’ Pay for Wall

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President Donald Trump has realized he can’t hold out on his campaign promise that Mexico will pay for a border wall and is now insisting that the Southern neighbor will pay for the wall “indirectly” through a new trade deal. Democrats and financial experts aren’t buying his claim.

Trump tweeted Wednesday morning that the money from the NAFTA replacement (USMCA) will fund the wall and that he’ll send the United States military as its construction workers.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer took the Senate floor Wednesday to dispute the president’s tweet.

“This is the huge turnaround for the president that once insisted that ‘mark my words, Mexico will pay for the wall 100 percent,'” he said, adding that fact-checkers have already disproved the president’s claim.

“There’s nothing in the new agreement that stimulates Mexico must devote any resources to the United States. And any ‘savings’ from a trade deal, if there are any savings, don’t go to the Treasury, they go to American businesses and American taxpayers. Ultimately, the president would have to tax the American people to fund his wall. Mexico ain’t footing the bill.”

So far, the Trump administration has not made it clear how the new trade agreement will pay for the wall. As pointed out by Forbes, the trade agreement hasn’t even been approved by Congress yet and will need to pass through the new Democrat-dominated House.

If it does pass, Schumer’s assertion is correct: the money from the trade deal doesn’t go to the Treasury.

“None of those funds would be ear-marked for anything; they would go into general revenues,” Forbes economic policy writer Phil Levy explained.

“If the President wants to fund his wall, he will have to look somewhere other than the USMCA.”

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders also couldn’t back up the president’s claim with facts; instead, she repeated that the trade deal would pay for the wall.

“We are looking into existing funding through other agencies right now that we can draw on to do that immediately. The president has been clear that the USMCA deal will provide additional revenue,” Sanders said as she claimed that the money saved could pay for the multi-billion dollar wall “four times over.”

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Democrats are not letting Trump’s latest claim about the wall slide. “The president promised Mexico would pay for it, not the American taxpayer,” Schumer said. “We want smart, effective border security, but that’s not a wall.”

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Brad
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I say let the citizens of America Speak and decide by starting a “GoFundMe” account for the wall!!!!! That will indicate what the majority of the people in this country believe with regards to a wall……

Brad
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No one wants to pay for a wall, but I don’t see or hear many complaints about how many tax dollars are spent on ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS!!!???? Seems it doesn’t matter to some people if it’s the law and our legal systems, education and the institutes there of, our hospitals and health, Social Security, Food Programs, income subsidies, etc., etc., etc., that is just fine and I’m sure all that equates to BILLIONS of TAX PAYER DOLLARS being used for someone who shouldn’t be here to begin with?

John Gagliano Jr
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Anyonebwhonthought mexico would actually pay for anything is just as stupid as trump.

KhyberRifle
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It may be that Mexico wishes it had agreed to pay for a wall as it is now hosting thousands of unwanted caravaneers

banstan
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dims just don’t seem to get that Mexico IS paying for the Wall, or lack of one, right now, just not monetarily in DIRECT payments to the US. Thanks for bringing attention to that, Kyber. Never know what they might do to get some help with that caravan that was just a figment of Trump’s imagination, according to the dims and msm.

Audrey Eisenstadt
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Fool, why would trump ask for our money if mexico was paying. They are not, he lies, sorry to be the one to break the news to you.

banstan
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I guess “just not monetarily in DIRECT payments to the US” went right over your head? Nice comprehension, audrey. You really should watch YOUR use of the term “Fool” since it applies ONLY to you here.

Mary Ridosh-Spalding
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Audrey Eisenstadt, WHO TIES YOUR SHOES??

Audrey Eisenstadt
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Only people complaining are trumpiers. Banstan, mexico said many times they will not pay. They dont lie like trump, they wont pay. Why should they, stupid policy and I wont pay either.

banstan
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Read AND comprehend above response.

Mary Ridosh-Spalding
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That is one tax I would be HONORED to pay to keep MY country safe from illegals! Now, if we could only find a way to quickly euthanize ALL the democrats, liberal lefts!!! ^_^

Phoenix
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Sheesh – and Conservatives complain that the Democrats just organize some boycotts fornproducts they probably never bought to begin with. Euthanize all Democrats?

TOM
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I like your way of thinking.

Paul Delfornia
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Audrey ,,, you obviously are devoid of Facts. Mexico is paying heavily for the caravan now in their country. They have also lost millions from businesses who refused to move there or buy their products. Do some research before you pull the Lunatic line !!

Ami Hutchison
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So you are not an AMERICAN .

TOM
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To whom is that question directed?

Cherl
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If Schumer et al could become part of the solution and not the spotlight for the problem this country would be better for it. He should review some of his and other cohorts past support of dealing with this threat to the US. It’s so transparent. If it was still Obama they would throw a party. Their hate is palpable

KhyberRifle
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It’s like the fox and scorpion fable: Schumer, the scorpion, will behave as his nature demands. His nature is so irrepressible that he will act in a certain way, no matter what the consequences.

Audrey Eisenstadt
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You are paying for a useless wall. Me, i dont like wasting money. A wall? build a bigger ladder. We have better cheaper ways to deal with immigration but a toddler president who listens only to fox wouldnt know that.

Audrey Eisenstadt
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Dont know the pictures you saw, but the woman and children, desperate, tired, thirsty(to the point of death) dont scare me. Trump with his policies that are destroying our economy, my retirement and 401K scare me a lot more than these poor people hoping for a better life.

Cherl
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Just curious. What are you paid to sound so uneducated?

TOM
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There is no “sound” about Audrey, she is that uneducated.

TOM
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You are spot on.

deb
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Join numbersusa.org to help slow down the Swamp

Betsy Lawson
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The Dems and Progressives want to destroy this country…no ifs and or buts. Obama and his minions tried, now Schumer and Pelosi want to finish the job. Talk about traitors.

Audrey Eisenstadt
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What the hell are you talking about. Still upset about obama. He has been gone for 2 years so any anger direct to the jerk in the WH, the toddler who wants his legos, eventhough legos wont keep out drugs or people. Betsy, get smarter. Stop listening only to fox, they lie like trump.

Mary Ridosh-Spalding
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Obamanation an his he/she are the shit stains even Clorox can’t wash away.. That POS did MORE damage to this country than ANY other POTUS… THANK GOD in Heaven that President Trump was elected to clean up that shit stains mess that he made in his 8 yr reign of terror!!!

TOM
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Jimmy Carter was a close second in the damage department. The difference was that he was just inept where Obummer was actively trying to dismantle the constitution and destroy the country.

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