As the Trump administration diverts funds meant for military families to finance President Donald Trump’s proposed border wall, some administration officials are making it clear that they don’t care who’s paying for the wall, despite Trump’s repeated promise that Mexico will pay for its construction.
During a press conference at the White House on Tuesday, a reporter asked Mark Morgan, the acting commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, how Mexico would pay for the wall, one of Donald Trump’s notable campaign pledges. Morgan angrily said that he didn’t care who paid for the proposed border wall along the southwestern border.
“That’s a political thing to me,” Morgan replied. “I don’t care who’s paying for the wall. All I care about is it’s being built.”
Morgan then proceeded to parrot Trump’s rhetoric on the wall.
“By the end of 2020, we’re gonna have 450 miles of beautiful new wall that’s gonna absolutely, exponentially increase border patrol to safeguard your towns and your cities and your states,” he said.
Zero miles of new border wall have been built thus far, according to CBP’s own numbers, which only point to areas of existing border fencing that have been repaired or replaced.
When confronted with follow-up questions about how Mexico would pay for the wall on Tuesday, Morgan ended the press conference and left the podium.
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