Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said on Monday that the Trump administration would begin working with Democrats to come up with a “revenue-neutral” plan to pay for Trump’s proposed wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.
Trump’s proposed border wall with Mexico has drawn criticism from Democrats, Republicans and international organizations who fear it would increase crime along the border and ultimately make the United States less safe.
Schumer, D-N.Y., said on NBC’s “Meet the Press” that Trump would seek “payback” for his border wall.
“I think that’s the only way to solve this problem,” Schumer said.
“The only way is to come to a revenue-neutral solution.
That’s how we’re going to pay down the debt.”
Schumer said the administration is looking into the “tangible costs” of a border wall, including the cost of construction and the costs of securing it.
The senator said the Trump Administration would not make a decision on a revenue neutral plan until it has taken a look at what “we can and can’t afford” to pay.
“So we’ll see what happens,” he said.