Mexico’s not paying for the wall. Are we?

HIDALGO, TX - MARCH 16: A road crew improves a road along the U.S.-Mexico border on March 16, 2017 in Hidalgo, Texas. There has been great speculation on exactly where a border wall, promised by President Trump, would be built near the Rio Grande, which forms the border between Texas and Mexico. U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced that illegal crossings along the southwest border with Mexico dropped 40 percent during the month of February. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
Where would the wall go? A road crew improves a road along the US-Mexico border in Hidalgo, Texas.

So, about that wall with Mexico.

Donald Trump promised during the campaign that he’d build a big, beautiful wall at the southern border, and that he’d use his magic touch to force the Mexican government to pay for it.

But it turns out that Mexico doesn’t want to. ¡Qué lástima!

So instead, Trump wants American taxpayers to shell out the billions it would cost. His budget request filed on Thursday asked for $2 billion in taxpayer money to begin construction, one of the many outrageous aspects of the proposal. The administration has insisted that Mexico will still pay for the wall, just at some later, unspecified date.