President Donald Trump's 2016 campaign was marked by a huge election promise: he would build a massive wall along the entire southern border of the country, and the construction would be fully funded by Mexico. Nearly nothing was built three years later, and Mexico has repeatedly made it clear that it won't pay a cent.
On Thursday, Trump's dear friends at Fox & Friends finally admitted what had been obvious for years: this was an empty claim, a broken promise, and a big Trump failure.
The show's famous pro-Trump moderators admitted that Mexico never pays for the wall in one segment, underscoring the government's plan to unilaterally divert $ 3.6 billion from 127 defense programs to begin building larger buildings.
Ainsley Earhardt, Trump's co-moderator, noted that the wall was Trump's "most prominent election promise" and found that the government was faced with a choice between military projects and building up to 800 kilometers of the wall – far less than Trump had promised as a candidate.
Co-host Brian Kilmeade threw "sensational headlines" on the plan, but when he noticed that Trump's new plan was "leaving Mexico off the hook," he admitted, "He's right. The President should never have said that Mexico was for them Wall would pay. "
Co-host Steve Doocy then tried to defend Trump, suggesting that the president might think he was going to get Mexico to pay for the wall, but it was just a mistake.
"I think he thought would find a way for Mexico paying for it, but as we know, it didn't work. "
Earhardt then noticed that the money for Trump's wall would now come from money that would have gone Things including a middle school in Fort Campbell, child Development centers at Joint Base Andrews, and a Fire station in Beaufort, South Carolina.
Doocy then suggested that Congress could save the projects if it decided to provide more money for the previously funded and now raided programs. In other words, instead of cutting spending, the co-host believes the solution is to make the same $ 3.6 billion available twice for the same programs.
In February 2016, Trump said Mexico would "be very happy" to pay for the wall. "I'll talk to them. They'll be thrilled to pay for the wall. We'll be the smart people. We won't be the people being pushed around, we'll be the smart people."
In April 2016, Trump promised that the wall has now been completed: "I would say it will be completed within two years from the time we start." We start quickly. We start quickly. And it will be a real wall. It will be a real wall. "
On another occasion he said, "We will build a wall, I promise. I promise we will build a wall. If there is ever a second term, you will say man, he built this wall quickly, we will put it up. So we'll see. We'll build the wall. "
Despite little progress in building a new wall during Trump's first three years in office, he has lied repeatedly and claimed that it was already in full swing.