Congress, including members from both major parties, said "No."
So who is gonna pay for the wall?
Apparently, 37-year-old right-winger Brian Kolfage—who has a "verified blue check facebook page"—and a bunch of online allies ready to spend their own hard-earned cash to fund Trump's promise. In just three days, the page has raised more than $3 million of its $1 billion goal. Currently $1 billion is the GoGundMe limit, but Kolfage told Politico he his working on getting that ceiling raised.
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According to Politico:
Trump initially told congressional leaders that he would accept nothing less than $5 billion for his wall in a bill to keep most of the federal government open. Estimates for the total costs of a wall have varied — Trump has even changed his mind on an original vision for a continuous stretch across the entire border — but it usually fall somewhere in the $12 billion to 20 billion range. A staff report written for Senate Democrats argued that the price could be as high as $70 billion.
In an email response sent to Splinter News, Kolfage explained that his GoFundMe project for the wall was a "common sense" solution to a problem Trump cares very much about.
But as MSNBC's Chris Hayes said in response to the effort, it might be something else entirely:
The logical conclusion of this entire con https://t.co/gJ8BIrRzbA
— Chris Hayes (@chrislhayes) December 20, 2018
Don't worry, says Kolfage—who vows to donors that "100% of your donations will go to the Trump Wall"—if the wall is not built "we will refund every single penny."