Donald Trump Ordered Federal Agencies To Tally Up How Much Aid The U.S. Gives Mexico

2/15/2017 The Huffington Post

Donald_Trump_August_19,_2015_(cropped)President Donald Trump ordered federal government agencies to pull together a list of all the programs that benefit Mexico either directly or indirectly ― a prelude to the coming showdown over which country will pay for the construction of Trump’s border wall.

A section of Trump’s Jan. 25 executive order, which authorized the construction of the wall, mandated the task. The agencies must compile the information and provide it to the secretary of state by Feb. 25.

Trump may be attempting to use the threat of withdrawing foreign aid as leverage to fulfill his longtime campaign promise that Mexico will pay for the wall. Yet amid the flurry of activity in the first several weeks of the Trump administration, the order went almost entirely unnoticed, even on Capitol Hill, where lawmakers who oversee foreign aid told The Huffington Post they were unfamiliar with the project.

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