Trump floats 20% taxation on Mexican imports to pay for wall, but considering other options

( CNN) The White House on Thursday told President Donald Trump is considering a 20% taxation on importations from Mexico to pay for a southern perimeter wall, but that the President is still weighing other options.

White House press secretary Sean Spicer told reporters on Air Force One Thursday that Trump was backing project proposals and had just discussed it with congressional Republicans in a private meeting.

Hours later, amid an hubbub from lawmakers on both sides of the aisle, Spicer said that he was simply putting forward one notion Trump is considering to show how the administration could money the multibillion-dollar building of a wall on the U’Ss southern perimeter. Spicer repeatedly said the White House was aiming to be “illustrative” rather than “prescriptive” as he strolled back the more definitive commentaries he made earlier Thursday.

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