NEW YORK, NY—In what is being seen as an attempt to convert yet-undecided moderates, Donald Trump said in a Thursday morning interview that he would consider waiting until the second decade of his presidency to build his much-promised US/Mexico border wall.
“A lot of people don’t know this, but I’m a great unifier—the best, really,” said Trump. “The wall’s going to get built, believe that. And Mexico will pay for it—mark my words. But I’m not going to say for sure that I’ll do it in my first year as President, or my first term, or my first decade, even—we’ll just have to see how the deal takes shape.”
Trump says he will take as much time as necessary to make the border wall the “best deal” the United States has ever orchestrated.
“I know there are some people out there who aren’t crazy about the wall—which is going to happen, absolutely. But I want them to know that I’m not ruling out the possibility that I’d wait until my second decade as President before building it. A lot people don’t know this, but material prices ebb and flow, and if that means I have to wait until the 12th or 15th year of my reign to make it the best deal ever, then I’m open to doing that.”