Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump avoided disclosing details of how he would pay for a wall at the southern border when repeatedly pressed for specifics by Mika Brzezinski at MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” town hall on Wednesday night.
At first, Trump threatened a trade war with Mexico to pay for the wall.
“We’re going to have a trade deficit this year of $58 billion. The wall is going to cost a fraction of that, maybe $10 or $12 million,” Trump said. “And it’s going to be a real wall, it’s going to be a high wall, it’s going to be a beautiful wall. It’s going to be a wall that works.”
But Joe Scarborough wanted to know how Mexico would pay for it.
“We have a trade deficit with Mexico of $58 billion. All I have to do is start playing with that trade deficit and believe me they’re going to pay for it,” Trump said.
So, you’re suggesting a trade war, Scarborough asked the real estate magnate.
“I’m talking about negotiating,” Trump said.
Watch the exchange, from MSNBC, below: