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President-elect Donald Trump is changing his tune on how he intends on getting Mexico to pay for a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border. After insisting throughout his campaign that Mexico would pay, he is now saying the wall will be paid for using taxpayers’ money and paid back later by Mexico.

CNN reported on Thursday that Trump’s transition team indicated their preference to fund the wall through congressional appropriations, explaining the need for it to get finished in a timely manner. “The move would break a key campaign promise when Trump repeatedly said he would force Mexico to pay for the construction of the wall along the border, though in October, Trump suggested for the first time that Mexico would reimburse the US for the cost of the wall.”

Trump later called out the “dishonest media,” assuring that it would be “paid back by Mexico” at a later time in a tweet early Friday morning. “We’re going to get reimbursed,” he told the New York Times, saying that he doesn’t want to wait that long before starting.

Trump first said Mexico would pay for the wall when announcing his candidacy for president in June 2015. “I will build a great wall. And nobody does walls better than me. Very expensively. I will build a great, great wall on our southern border and I will have Mexico pay for that wall.” Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto has previously stated Mexico will not pay for the wall.

Former Mexican President Vicente Fox has also said Mexico will not pay in an inteview with the Fox Business Network, saying, “‘I’m not going to pay for that f***ing wall.” He reiterated it once again on Twitter Thursday evening, calling Trump’s plan to build the wall “another promise he can’t keep.”

The roughly 1,500 mile-long border wall would stretch from California to Texas. It is estimated that it would cost approximately $25 billion to build, along with hundreds of millions of dollars to maintain it each year. Trump’s policies section still maintains that Mexico will pay for the wall that will start getting built on day one.

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