Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, said Wednesday that the US will not build a physical wall between the US and the Mexican border.
Speaking to Fox News Channel, Trump said that he was “absolutely against” a wall because “we don’t want Mexico to do it,” and that he would instead “make it so they don’t have to.”
“I will build a big wall and we’ll have Mexico pay for it.
And Mexico will pay for that,” Trump said.
“I’m not going to have a wall, Mexico won’t pay for a wall.
And we don’t do that.”
Trump’s comments came in response to a question from Fox News anchor Bret Baier.
He asked Trump, “Can you be honest about your intentions to build a border wall between your country and Mexico?”
The billionaire businessman responded by saying, “I’ve been doing that.
And I’ve been saying it for many years.””
So what I’m saying is, ‘Look, Mexico is not going.
I want Mexico not to do that.
But we are going to build one.
And it’s going to be a great wall, a great barrier,'” Trump said, adding that the barrier would be “beautiful, and we’re going to pay for this with our own money.”
In January, Trump tweeted that he is against building a physical border fence between the two countries.
The Republican presidential candidate said at the time that “I will never, ever let Mexico build a fence.
Mexico is going to lose their money.
They’re not going, and they’re not coming in.
We’re going in and we are not going back.
They’ll never come in, and I’m going to do everything I can to stop that.
I’m not even going to make Mexico pay.”
Trump has previously expressed his desire to build “a great wall,” but said he would prefer Mexico to pay the cost.