Trump Puts $8 Billion Price Tag On Border Wall Proposal

| by Amanda Andrade-Rhoades
The border between the U.S. and MexicoThe border between the U.S. and Mexico

Donald Trump’s campaign took off when he announced that, if elected, he would build a wall between the United States and Mexico. 

On the day of the New Hampshire primary, Trump revealed how much the wall would cost - a cool $8 billion. 

“What we’re doing is we have 2,000 miles, right? 2,000 miles. It’s long but not 13,000 miles like they have in China,” he said told MSNBC host Tamron Hall. “Of the 2,000, we don’t need 2,000, we need 1,000 because we have natural barriers … and I’m taking it price per square foot and a price per [square mile].”

Some financial analysts think Trump’s math isn’t accurate. CNBC estimated it would cost in the tens of billions, not to mention paying for the border agents required to guard it and periodic repairs. 

Although the front-runner has promised to pass off the cost of the Great Wall of Trump to Mexico, it seems unlikely that the United States' southern neighbor would agree to pay. In a separate interview with CNBC, Mexico’s former president, Felipe Calderon, said Trump is a "not very well-informed man.”

Calderon added: "Mexican people, we are not going to pay any single cent for such a stupid wall! And it's going to be completely useless.”

Sources: MSNBC, CNBC / Photo credit: Kordian/Flickr

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