David Muir Challenges Donald Trump on the Payment of the Mexican Border Wall in an Exclusive Interview
Newly elected, President Donald Trump signed the order to build a wall alongside America’s border with Mexico pushing ahead one of his biggest election promises. 45th President of United States Donald Trump apprised ABC News anchor David Muir that Mexico would be paying for the border wall and that negotiations between the two neighboring nations would begin "relatively soon."
Caption: David Muir interviews with President Trump.
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It was a turn of events with President Donald Trump signed an executive order for directing federal funds for construction of that wall alongside U.S.-Mexico border. ABC News sent a clip to media where Donald Trump affirms David Muir that the United States will be “reimbursed by Mexico…100%” for the cost of building the border wall.
Muir asked President Trump in a clip of the interview CNN aired Thursday afternoon.
“Are you going to direct U.S. funds to pay for this wall? Will American taxpayers pay for the wall?”
To that, President Trump responded:
“Ultimately, it will come out of what’s happening with Mexico .We’re going to be starting those negotiations relatively soon, and we will be in a form reimbursed by Mexico.”
Muir pressed forward asking if Mexican government will pay back. Replying the question, Trump stated:
“All it is we’ll be reimbursed at a later date from whatever transaction we make from Mexico,”
Muir also noted the point that,
“Mexico’s president said in recent days that Mexico absolutely will not pay adding it goes against our dignity as a country and our dignity as Mexicans. He says we’re simply not paying.”
“He has to say that. He has to say that, but I’m just telling you there will be a payment. It will be in a form, perhaps a complicated form, and have you to understand, what I’m doing is good for the United States. It’s also going to be good for Mexico.”
Just hours after the interview with David Muir, Mr. Trump issued two executive orders; the first one was about the commission of the border wall. This order calls for the secretary of homeland security to "take all appropriate steps to plan, design, and construct a physical wall along the southern border immediately." Furthermore, Trump promised to begin the construction within months.
Moreover, the second one calls for department and agencies heads to "identify and quantify all sources of direct and indirect Federal aid or assistance to the Government of Mexico." But it does not explicitly state how those payment sources would connect to the payment of the wall.
Previously, Trump had announced these orders during a speech he delivered at the Department of Homeland Security on Thursday, stating that "Beginning today, the United States of America gets back control of its borders."
Talking about his executive orders earlier, Trump predicted that this move would "save thousands of lives, millions of jobs, and billions and billions of dollars."