By Steve Neavling
Donald Trump insisted during the presidential campaign that he would build a wall along the border of Mexico and that Mexico would pay for it.
Despite experts sounding off that financially struggling Mexico would never pay for a wall that will cost billions of dollars, Trump supporters appeared to believe the billionaire dealmaker would pull off a minor miracle.
Now comes news that Trump floated the idea of erecting solar panels on the border wall as a way to pay for it, White House and Capitol officials told Politico.
It seems unlikely that solar panels, which are expensive, would cover the costs of a wall, but Trump pitched it anyway.
It’s unclear how serious Trump was about the solar panels, but he proposed the idea to some lawmakers.
Trump’s pledge to build the wall at Mexico’s expense has backfired after the president acknowledged that taxpayers would be on the hook until a deal was struck with Mexico, which continues to insist it will not pay for a wall.