President Trump's Wall To Cost Billions More Than Expected

The border fence here composed of X-shaped barriers passes through ranching land on the border between the state of New Mexico and the country of Mexico west of El Paso TX on Jan. 31 2017. Here rows of wheat and alfalfa fill the farmland along the
President Trump's Wall To Cost Billions More Than Expected
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12 February, 2017

President Donald Trump had previously said the wall could cost $12 billion.

This report, however, has been commissioned by Kelly and is part of the final steps before the current administration takes a call and goes forward with requesting USA taxpayer funds from Congress to start the construction.

A DHS spokeswoman has claimed the department does "not comment on or confirm the potential existence of pre-decisional, deliberative documents".

Trump, who signed on January 25 an executive order to begin the wall, has claimed it would cost $12 billion. This would be followed by 151 miles of barrier in Arizona and Texas, then 1,080 miles to seal off remaining sections of the border, which already has 654 miles of barriers.

The steep price increase is in part explained by the time and cost of acquiring private land to complete the project.

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Already the United States government has begun seeking waivers to address environmental laws on building in some areas, the report indicates.

He clarified this point in his first major television interview in the White House with ABC: American taxpayers would foot the bill and Mexico would reimburse the U.S. after trade negotiations.

"This gives us as estimate of what that would be, and it gives us an idea of where they want to start first", he said.

The executive order called for the immediate planning and construction of a wall on the USA southern border, 5,000 additional border patrol agents and new border detention facilities. The report assumes funding would be granted by April or May, and that construction could commence in September.

Last month, Mexican president Pena Nieto canceled a planning meeting with Trump after Trump tweeted that unless the U.S.'s third largest trading partner agreed to pay for the wall, it was better not to meet at all.

House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) said the wall would cost up to $15 billion.


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