On New Year's Eve, President Donald Trump took to Twitter to rant about his border wall and ended up contradicting himself on the subject of funding the wall in tweets just 11 minutes apart.
First, the president repeated his dubious claim that "Mexico is paying for the wall..."
MEXICO IS PAYING FOR THE WALL through the many billions of dollars a year that the U.S.A. is saving through the new… https://t.co/y9ubjWR83H— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump) 1546303226.0
And then proceeded to excoriate Democrats for not funding the wall...
The Democrats will probably submit a Bill, being cute as always, which gives everything away but gives NOTHING to B… https://t.co/stwYPbVQgY— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump) 1546303903.0
He capped off the criticisms with the following tweet.
"Throughout the ages some things NEVER get better and NEVER change. You have Walls and you have Wheels. It was ALWAYS that way and it will always be that way!" he wrote, in part.
...Remember this. Throughout the ages some things NEVER get better and NEVER change. You have Walls and you have Wh… https://t.co/ed5j8ULKNa— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump) 1546304739.0
So how will the wall be funded? The president's contradictions did not slip past the eagle eyes of Twitter.
@realDonaldTrump ...so stop begging Congress for money for a wall!— Work Hard & Be Nice (@Work Hard & Be Nice) 1546384206.0
@realDonaldTrump That’s not how any of this works sir— Denise 💎 (@Denise 💎) 1546380230.0
@realDonaldTrump How exactly is "Mexico paying" for the wall? What budget impact details arr available for Cogressi… https://t.co/pVKoP6K7rX— Justin Smith (@Justin Smith) 1546398732.0
@realDonaldTrump The Democrats, and probably most of the Republicans, realize that border security is complex & can… https://t.co/KFjQfIZfgV— Tom Joyce (@Tom Joyce) 1546389806.0
@realDonaldTrump If Mexico is paying for the wall you don't need any money to be voted on by the Congress so you ca… https://t.co/WQbosI4FQp— Robert Mann (@Robert Mann) 1546380146.0
@realDonaldTrump Awesome! So Congress doesn’t need to appropriate any funds. We can reopen the government and get… https://t.co/WS4Ti9PmqB— Kathryn Douglass (@Kathryn Douglass) 1546441735.0
The government has been in a partial shutdown since Trump opted not to sign a stopgap funding bill which would have avoided a shutdown but did not allocate the $5 billion in funds he’d demanded for his proposed wall on the U.S.-Mexico border. The government shutdown is the third of Trump’s presidency. It will likely not be resolved until Democrats are sworn in tomorrow.
The president had long pledged to shut down the government if it doesn’t receive the funds he needs for the border wall, though he has offered conflicting messages on how the wall would be funded.
During the presidential campaign, for example, then-candidate Trump insisted Mexico would pay for the wall.
Mexico will pay for the wall - 100%! #MakeAmericaGreatAgain #ImWithYou https://t.co/pSFuPZz0xP— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump) 1472705899.0
Mexico will pay for the wall!— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump) 1472725877.0
After winning the election, the president changed his tune.
The dishonest media does not report that any money spent on building the Great Wall (for sake of speed), will be paid back by Mexico later!— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump) 1483701589.0
He later claimed that the U.S. budget would pay for the wall…
The Democrats don't want money from budget going to border wall despite the fact that it will stop drugs and very bad MS 13 gang members.— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump) 1492962127.0
…before shifting the burden back to Mexico.
With Mexico being one of the highest crime Nations in the world, we must have THE WALL. Mexico will pay for it through reimbursement/other.— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump) 1503841451.0
The Wall is the Wall, it has never changed or evolved from the first day I conceived of it. Parts will be, of neces… https://t.co/3UJscR3WGL— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump) 1516274125.0
Soon, he claimed that Congress should pay for the wall.
If we don’t have a wall system, we’re not going to have a country. Congress must fund the BORDER WALL & prohibit gr… https://t.co/0TfovosPwS— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump) 1520979806.0
Mere days later, he claimed that Congress had agreed to fund the wall.
Got $1.6 Billion to start Wall on Southern Border, rest will be forthcoming. Most importantly, got $700 Billion to… https://t.co/0uCYCqGbgf— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump) 1521687636.0
This obviously isn’t true, and the president made no mention of this year’s spending bill, which allocates $38 million for “border barrier planning and design” but doesn’t fund the wall itself.