Trump Vows To Bring Price Of Mexico Border Wall 'WAY DOWN!'
- Author: Jon Douglas Feb 13, 2017,
Feb 13, 2017, 0:51
President Donald Trump's border wall will cost around $21.6 billion, well above previous estimates from Republicans, and take more than three years to build, according to a report from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security obtained by Reuters.
The report assumes the project would get funding from Congress by April or May and that the construction would start in September. While Trump plans to ask Congress to initially pay for the wall, he also says he will eventually require Mexico to pay.
US-Mexican relations have plunged since Trump's pronouncements on the border wall, prompting Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto to cancel a scheduled meeting with the new US leader. Nevertheless, the report shows a substantially higher figure than past price estimates.
The document details a plan composed of 3 phases where the construction can begin along the 1,250 miles long border, and the challenges facing the construction, along with the cost estimate.
Bernstein Research asserts that unforeseen expenses could easily balloon costs to as much as $25 billion.
The US president has also pushed for reducing the cost of the next generation Air Force One presidential jet, which is built by Boeing.
Mr. Trump said the price of the wall, which would be built along the almost 2,000 mile border, would drop way down once he became involved in the project.
In remarks to law enforcement officials in Washington on Wednesday, Trump reported that the wall was being designed "right now".
Reuters quoted a source within DHS saying that the Trump administration would likely need to seize hundreds of miles of the privately-owned borderland from US citizens under eminent domain in order to embark on the final phase.
He also can not retreat on his repeated insistence that Mexico will pay for the construction, a promise that was largely viewed as a fantasy even before the cost of the construction was revealed to be far higher than Trump originally claimed.
But the rest of the construction will be significantly more expensive, covering a much larger stretch of land, much of it privately owned or consisting of major physical barriers, like mountains and rivers. The report estimated that agreement alone could bring the cost from $11 million per mile to $15 million per mile in one area.