Trump wants 20 percent tax on Mexican imports to pay for wall

A U.S. Customs and Border Protection vehicle stands watch by one of the many walls constructed near the border, along the Rio Grande River, to disrupt the flow of illegal contraband and aliens across our border.(Georgia Army National Guard photo by Maj. Will Cox/Released)
A U.S. Customs and Border Protection vehicle stands watch by one of the many walls constructed near the border, along the Rio Grande River, to disrupt the flow of illegal contraband and aliens across our border.(Georgia Army National Guard photo by Maj. Will Cox/Released)

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump possibly wants to pay for his proposed southern border wall by slapping a 20 percent tax on imports from Mexico.

White House spokesman Sean Spicer says Trump has discussed the idea with congressional leaders and wants to include the measure in a comprehensive tax reform package.

Spicer spoke to reporters on Air Force One as Trump flew back from a Republican retreat in Philadelphia. He says that taxing imports from Mexico would generate $10 billion a year and “easily pay for the wall.”

Spicer says discussions are continuing with lawmakers to make sure the plan is “done right.” But he says it “clearly provides funding” for the wall. Spicer later said slapping a 20 percent tax on imports from Mexico is just one of several options on the table for paying for a wall along the southern border.

Spicer says President Donald Trump has yet to make a final decision about how the U.S. will recoup the costs of his proposed border wall. Trump’s chief of staff Reince Priebus said later that the administration has “a buffet of options” to pay for the wall.

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