The Wall May Be Built, But Mexico Isn't Paying For It

FILE - In this Jan. 4, 2016 photo, a U.S. Border Patrol agent drives near the U.S.-Mexico border fence in Santa Teresa, N.M. Can Donald Trump really make good on his promise to build a wall along the 2,000-mile U.S.-Mexican border to prevent illegal migration? What’s more, can he make Mexico pay for it? Sure, he can build it, but it’s not nearly as simple as he says. (AP Photo/Russell Contreras)

Mexico is not paying for the wall.

We are.

If Trump keeps up the pace of signing executive orders in this manner, he’ll outpace Obama’s executive orders before the first year is up.

In the meantime, how will this wall be funded, when Mexico insists that they will not pay?

White House officials told the New York Times that President Trump was planning to sign an executive order directing federal funds toward the wall.

Federal funds.

That would be tax dollars.

Your taxes. My taxes.

Trump’s devotees will call this a brilliant strategy. They’ll make excuses for why, after months on the campaign trail, promising that Mexico would pay for the wall, this complete about face is just fine, and that others don’t understand Trump’s savvy business moves.

Yeah, that may be so, but I’ll have to see it, before I believe it.