U.S. Rep. Walter Jones is calling on President Trump to put his money where his mouth is – at least where the wall is concerned. The North Carolina Republican says it’s “morally irresponsible” to build the wall by increasing the debt, and wants Trump to pay for at least part of it.
“As a wealthy man, the president might consider pledging some of his own funds,” Congressman Jones said in a statement on his government website, as Roll Call first reported. “Whatever it takes, just so long as we don’t add to the debt that is bankrupting our great country.”
Jones says a “fiscally responsible plan to pay for” improved security on the southern border, and insists any compromise “should be paid for without adding to the deficit or the debt.”
“America’s national debt is nearly $22 trillion. Next year our annual deficit is projected to top $1 trillion. We can’t afford to keep financing the provision of government services by borrowing more and more money. It’s morally irresponsible and it’s got to stop,” Jones added.
“If Mexico isn’t going to be made to pay for a wall, that means funds must be found internally. Options could include cutting other wasteful federal spending. Foreign aid and the war in Afghanistan would be good places to start.”
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