During the election, chants of “build the wall!” became a rallying cry for Donald Trump’s supporters. Although many in the media speculated that President Trump would pivot away from the pledge, early signs show he has no plans of abandoning the idea.
Of course, much has been made of the Mexican government’s opposition to the wall. At one point, the disagreement caused the two sides to mutually cancel a planned visit. However, at least one Mexican company has heard the pleas to build the wall, and they’re willing to help.
From The Hill:
A Mexican cement company says it would aid the construction of President Trump’s wall along the U.S.-Mexico border if asked.
“We will gladly do it,” Cemex President Rogelio Zambrano told Mexican newspaper Reforma Wednesday, according to NBC News.Zambrano was answering whether Cemex, one of the world’s largest cement producers, would provide a cement estimate for the controversial barrier. Despite their government’s fierce opposition to the project, the company could stand to make a hefty profit from the construction. Of course, with such a large project, there are many competitors lining up for an opportunity to help:
The businessman added it is unclear what other companies might participate or what demand would exist for the wall’s cement.
The Hill reported late Tuesday that 225 companies — mainly construction and engineering firms — have voiced interest in building Trump’s proposed wall.
The list was compiled from a website for contractors interested in doing business with the federal government.
Contractors intrigued by the project have until March 10 to submit a prototype concept paper, followed by a formal request for proposal by March 24.
The news comes as Vice President Mike Pence doubled down on the administration’s promise that Mexico would pay for construction of the wall. Questioned on the subject Wednesday, Pence insisted that was still the plan:
Vice President Pence stressed Wednesday that Mexico will eventually foot the bill.
“We’re gong to build a wall,” he said on ABC’s “Good Morning America.” “We’re going to enforce the laws of this country.”
“[Trump] didn’t say Mexico is going to pay for [the wall],” host George Stephanopoulos said, referencing Trump’s speech to Congress Tuesday.
“Well, they are,” retorted Pence, the former Republican governor of Indiana.
Although planning for the project is still in the beginning stages, all indications are that President Trump is moving full steam ahead on one of his major campaign promises. To some in Mexico, that might not be bad news at all.
[Note: This post was authored by Michael Lee. Follow him on Twitter @UAMichaelLee]