CNN’s Acosta: Trump Has Given Up on His Wall, Except ‘as a Campaign Tool’
ACOSTA: "Wolf, we hear him talk about this out on the campaign trail from time to time, and what he says is that he will in some way get Mexico to pay for this wall somewhere down the road. I suspect what you’re going to hear from his advisers when this question comes up is they’re going to say, well, some of the money that will go towards the wall will be in the form of some of this production that they think will come back to the United States as part of this renegotiated trade agreement. But in terms of how the President positioned this during the campaign where there would be some sort of expenditure on the part of the Mexican government that would help finance the construction of the wall on the Mexican border, Wolf, we’ve heard from not a single White House official who has ever explained how that’s going to happen. So it sounds like for all practical purposes the President has given up on that. But he’s not given up on it as a campaign tool. We hear about his vision for a wall at just about every campaign rally. And he claims falsely that what he presented to the voters during the campaign is being built on the U.S./Mexico border. Of course we know, Wolf, there’s very little wall construction going on down there. There’s fence repairs and that sort of thing, but nothing like what he promised during the campaign, Wolf."