Fact Fishing: Trump’s Wall Eye

Jack Berens, Co-editor

President Donald Trump is one of the most polarizing figures on Earth.  His proposed Mexican border wall will be hammered out by Congress in the upcoming months, which begs the question: what are the logistics of his wall?

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R) confirmed that the United States will pay for the wall upfront while President Trump’s Press Secretary Sean Spicer asserts that the Mexican government will reimburse the U.S “one way or another.”  Both the executive and legislative branches emphasize that the wall blueprints are a work in progress, and relatively few details are truly known.  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R) estimated that the wall will cost between twelve and fifteen billion dollars at a height upwards of 55 feet (per Trump) to separate the roughly 1,900 mile Mexican-American border.

Other than these sparse computations, the wall remains a looming question mark and wedge in the American political landscape.  Only time will tell whether making America great again will entail this enormous wall, for Republican Senate leaders are becoming increasingly doubtful as the president doubles down on his campaign promises.