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Trump says US will now pay for border wall

The Independent logo The Independent 11/02/2017 Harriet Agerholm

Donald Trump has said he will bring down the cost of building a wall along the US-Mexico border by helping design it or negotiating a good price.

Mr Trump said the cost would drop "way down" once he became involved in planning - apparently suggesting the US would foot at least part of the bill.

The US President has previously insisted Mexico will pay for work on the 2,000-mile-long "impassable physical barrier". 

Mexico has refused to fund the wall.

President says wall will be 2,000 miles long © Evan Vucci - AP President says wall will be 2,000 miles long

Fact checkers and engineers have estimated the price will far exceed the $12bn (£9.6bn) price tag Mr Trump has put on the construction.

According to a leaked Department of Homeland Security report, the wall could cost as much as $21bn (£16.8bn) and take more than three years to build.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell estimated it costing as much as $15bn (£12bn).

Some 650 miles of fencing already in place has so far cost $7bn (£5.6bn) and Mr Trump's plans require extending the barrier into increasingly remote and mountainous regions, which raises the building costs significantly.

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