>> That wall that President Donald Trump has promised to build? Guess what? It's going to cost nearly twice as much as Trump expects. An Internal Agency report Reuters saw, puts the price tag at $21.6 billion. Trump during his campaign cited $12 billion. Reuters reporter, Julia Edward Ainsley, broke the story.
>> An internal report prepared for Secretary of Homeland Security, John Kelly, has showed that the Department of Homeland Security thinks that they could build over 1,000 miles of fencing or wall along the border, but it would cost $21.6 billion and it would take 3.5 years to build. This is a much larger estimate than those previously given by Trump, he said around $12 billion, or by leaders of Congress, like Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan, who put the estimate around $15 billion.
>> The first phase, the smallest, targets 26 miles of the border near San Diego, California, El Paso, Texas, and in Texas' Rio Grande Valley.>> These would be places where Trump could point to and say, look, I made good on my campaign promises. And it would cost far less to just focus on those 26 miles.
>> The report assumes DHS would get funding from Congress by April or May, giving them time to secure contractors and begin construction by September. Several Congressional delegations are also visiting the US Southwest boarder this month to get a sense of funding needs, according to several people familiar with the travel plans.
On the campaign trail, Trump's constant refrain was that Mexico would pay for the wall. Now Trump says, Congress should fund the wall up front, but that Mexico will reimburse US tax payers, an idea Mexico flatly rejects.