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Donald Trump Won't Build The Massive Border Wall He First Said He Would

| by John Freund

President-elect Donald Trump's proposed giant border wall doesn't appear to be what he's promised it will be after all.  

Daily News reports that Trump first mentioned such gaps in his border wall during an interview with Sean Hannity in Cincinnati, Ohio, where he was kicking off his post-election "Thank You" tour.  

Trump spoke of spots along the border that already contain natural barriers and clarified that the "massive" wall he once spoke of won't be as big as he'd initially said. "Now, there are certain places you don't need a wall, because you have ... mountains, you have other things. You have large and rather vicious rivers," Trump said.

Still, Trump plans on moving forward with construction of some sort of wall along the Mexico-United States border.

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"But, no, we're building a wall," the President-elect said. "It's going to be a real wall, because we're going to stop the drugs from coming in."

Trump made waves during his presidential campaign by asserting that he would build a massive wall along the southern border, and force Mexico to pay for its construction. 

"I would build a great wall, and nobody builds walls better than me, believe me, and I’ll build them very inexpensively," Trump said, on June 16, 2015. "I will build a great, great wall on our southern border. And I will have Mexico pay for that wall."

According to PolitiFact, Trump claimed his wall would cost between 8 and 12 billion dollars. Trump also claims that Mexico receives roughly $24 billion per year in remittance from workers in the United States who send money back home.  Trump’s plan could, therefore, be to threaten Mexico with a law preventing the remittance, forcing Mexico to either pay for the wall (at a cost of roughly $10 billion) or lose out on $24 billion per year.  

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"It's an easy decision for Mexico: make a one-time payment of $5 billion [to] $10 billion to ensure that $24 billion continues to flow into their country year after year," Trump said on his campaign website.

Meanwhile, Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto has explicitly stated that there is "no way" his country will pay for the wall. 

Sources: Daily News, PolitiFact / Photo credit: U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service via PolitiFact

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