President Trump vowed in a pair of tweets Saturday morning to negotiate the costs of constructing a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border “way down,” after a government analysis estimated the price at a whopping $21.6 billion.
An internal report prepared by the Department of Homeland Security and reviewed by Reuters this past week estimated that the wall would cost $21.6 billion and take 3 ½ years to construct. DHS spokesman David Lapan told The Washington #Post on Saturday that the department is still developing cost estimates and that “any such document is deliberative and pre-decisional.”
Reacting to the estimate, Trump tweeted:
“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. When I do, just like with the F-35 FighterJet or the Air Force One Program, price will come WAY DOWN!”