Here’s Hoping Trump Strikes A Good Deal

They’re going to build a wall. No, Mexico is not going to pay for it, but then I don’t know a single Trump supporter who really thought Mexico was going to pay for it. They just thought Trump was needling Mexico and the media with that line. But they know he is going to build a wall and build it he is.

House Republicans and Donald Trump’s team are coalescing around a multi-billion dollar plan to make good on the president-elect’s campaign vows to build a wall between the United States and Mexico, according to top Republican lawmakers and aides.

Republican leaders, in tandem with Trump’s transition staff, are considering using a 2006 law signed by former President George W. Bush that authorized the construction of 700 miles-plus of “physical barrier” on the southern border. The law was never fully implemented and did not include a sunset provision, allowing Trump to pick up where Bush left off — with the help of new money from Congress.

This puts a lot of Democrats in a sticky spot because they voted for the 2006 law to build the physical barrier and a lot of them are up for re-election in 2018 in states Trump won. Heck, even Chuck Schumer voted for that legislation.

But I do hope Trump can get a better deal. Right now, the estimates are that it will cost a minimum of $6.5 million per mile. That’s a heck of a lot of money per mile for a 700 mile barrier. That really is a ton of money. I would hope the man who knows the art of the deal will get a great one for us.

This, though, is a good thing. It is nice to have a President keep his promises and Trump seems intent on doing so — just not the Mexico paying for it part.

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