Trump: Border wall price ‘will come WAY DOWN’ when I negotiate

Trump on Saturday vowed in a pair of tweets Saturday morning to negotiate the costs of constructing a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border “way down.” This after a government analysis estimated the price a whopping $21.6 billion.

Trump: Border wall price ‘will come WAY DOWN’ when I negotiate

“I am reading that the great border WALL will cost more than the government originally thought, but I have not gotten involved in the … design or negotiations yet.” He said.

“When I do, just like with the F-35 FighterJet or the Air Force One Program, price will come WAY DOWN!” Trump wrote in a series of tweets.

During his transition period before being sworn in as president, Trump spoke with executives of Lockheed Martin and Boeing to try to negotiate down the costs of the government’s contracts to build new F-35 fighter jets and a modern Air Force One jumbo jet. After the discussions, both companies, highly dependent on government defense contracts, announced efforts to reduce costs on the programs.

Trump sent his tweets from his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Fla. He and first lady Melania are hosting Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his wife, Akie.

Reuters on Thursday reported that the planned wall along the U.S.-Mexico border would cost as much as $21.6 billion — nearly double the $12 billion price tag that Trump has claimed in the past.

The Department of Homeland Security said this past week that the wall would cost $21.6 billion and take 3 ½ years to construct.

in conclusion the wall would actually be a series of fences and walls covering more than 1,250 miles by the end of 2020, the report said, citing internal Homeland Security Department figures.

The President made his border wall proposal a lynchpin of his campaign, promising that Mexico will pay for it. Mexican leaders have repeatedly said they refuse to.

Mary Greeley News