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FAIR: It's do or die for Trump and his border wall

14 December, 2018, 08:28 | Author: Kristi Dunn
  • The barrier is seen in Sasabe Arizona

"Our new deal with Mexico (and Canada), the USMCA, is so much better than the old, very costly & anti-USA NAFTA deal, that just by the money we save, MEXICO IS PAYING FOR THE WALL!".

"Really? Really? First of all, he doesn't even have the trade agreement", she said, referring to the fact that the deal requires congressional approval, something her incoming House Democratic majority is not yet ready to give."Let's see the enforcement in the agreement for environment, for worker rights, for some of the pharmaceutical issues and other health-related provisions".

"Well, Mr. President, if you say Mexico is going to pay for the wall through NAFTA, which it certainly won't, then I guess we don't have to". Chuck Schumer cracked Thursday on the Senate floor.

The agency's Snopes-style, media fact-check blog came as President Donald Trump faces criticism for falsely claiming wall construction has already begun, despite the fact that his administration has yet to secure necessary funding for the project.

Michael Matera, an economist and diplomatic analyst at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, says nothing in the USMCA (which is largely a continuation of NAFTA) indicates Mexico is picking up the $25 billion price tag for US taxpayers - directly or indirectly. The new deal, which Trump has designated the USMCA, still must be approved by Congress before it takes effect, and some Democrats have signaled they will demand changes.

"Boy, this is a stretch", said William Hoagland, a former Republican staff director of the Senate Budget Committee.

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The Department of Homeland Security released a freaky press release about President Donald Trump's border wall on Wednesday.

In a Twitter post early on Thursday, Trump wrote that he had found a way to meet that promise.

Pelosi and Schumer want the president to accept a set of bipartisan proposals that would allocate about $1.3 billion toward border security measures, including fencing.

"At the end of the day, the American taxpayer is still paying for it", he said.

Trump clashed with leading Democrats over the issue during an Oval Office meeting on Tuesday. Part of the platform was titled, "Make Mexico Pay For The Wall". Both Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrado and his predecessor, Enrique Pena Nieto, have vehemently refused to do so.



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