Donald Trump said in an early Friday morning tweet that he acknowledges taxpayers may have to initially foot the bill to build a wall on the southern border – but then he slammed the mainstream media for failing to report that he also insists Mexico will have to pay back the United States down the line.
Earlier this week, various media outlets reported that Trump was working with Republicans on Capitol Hill to devise a way to pay for the wall’s construction through the appropriations process.
Media outlets reporting on these discussions also pointed out Trump’s campaign vow was to not only build the wall, but make Mexico pay for it.
Trump on Friday clarified that “for the sake of speed,” U.S. taxpayers may have to initially foot the bill. But then he blasted the media for failing to report the rest of his message.
On Friday, Trump tweeted this: “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!”
Trump’s Twitter feed was filled with critical posters, at least some of which were accused of being trolls.
One wrote: “@realDonaldTrump Explain how you will make Mexico pay us back once we’ve already paid for it, and after they’ve made it clear they won’t.”
And then there was this odd but fiery exchange between one popaster, Tony Posnanski, and a parody Trump account that apparently saw Posnanski as a troll.
Posnanski wrote: “@realDonald Trump So we are lending money to Mexico to build a wall that they are paying back? Did you get any sleep?”
The parody Trump account poster replied: “You always reply to his posts within minutes. Do you have a life mate?
Posnanski: “You can get in huge trouble for making an account copying Trump and not putting ‘fake’ or ‘parody’ in it.”
Parody Trump: “It’s spelt ‘Yuge’ Mr. Cholesterol.”