On Thursday, President Trump told reporters that he plans to use the NAFTA re-negotiations to make good on his promise for that Mexico will pay for the wall on the southern border.
“They can pay for it indirectly through NAFTA,” Trump told The Wall Street Journal.
“We make a good deal on NAFTA, and, say, ‘I’m going to take a small percentage of that money and it’s going toward the wall.’ Guess what? Mexico’s paying.”
More from CNN:
Trump repeatedly promised during the campaign that he would build a wall on the Southern US border and force Mexico to pay for it. But Trump has seen little progress on either front, with Democrats in Congress refusing to greenlight funding for Trump’s border wall and the Mexican President making clear Mexico would never fund Trump’s proposed barrier.
But Trump has also previously suggested that he would seek indirect payment from Mexico to fund the wall.
His latest assertion suggested he would direct a surplus in revenue from improved trade with Mexico toward paying for the wall — though he did not lay out a mechanism for doing so.
Trump warned Thursday that if Mexico did not agree to new terms on the free trade deal, known formally as the North American Free Trade Agreement, then he would simply “terminate” the deal.
“Now, Mexico may not want to make the NAFTA deal, which is OK, then I’ll terminate NAFTA, which I think would be frankly a positive for our country,” Trump told the Journal.
What are we gonna do folks?
MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!
Who’s gonna pay for it?
THE SNOBS AT CNN!