It was a foundational promise of Donald Trump’s historic presidential campaign: Mexico would pay for his 2,000-mile border wall. But as he desperately fights for $5.7 billion in taxpayer money for the project, Trump now claims he never said Mexico would directly foot the bill.
“Obviously, I never said this, and I never meant they’re going to write out a check,” the president told reporters Thursday at the White House.
He did say it — at least 212 times during his campaign and dozens more since he took office. And he put it in writing — in a March 2016 memo to news outlets that was then posted on his campaign website.
And if I laugh at any mortal thing, ’tis that I may not weep.