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‘What’s the difference’ if Mexico reimburses U.S. for the wall, Trump said

Donald Trump insisted that he will build a wall — not a fence– along the border with Mexico. And he added that Mexico will “reimburse” the United States for the cost.

“We’re going to build a wall,” Trump said, correcting a reporter who called it a “fence.”

“Mexico, through some form … will reimburse us,” Trump said. “That will happen. Whether it’s a tax or whether it’s a payment.”

“What’s the difference” if the payment is a reimbursement, Trump added. “I want to get the wall started. I don’t want to wait a year and a half until I make my deal with Mexico.”

He said that Vice President-elect Mike Pence has been leading the effort to work with Congress and federal agencies to get the process of building the wall started.

He also praised Mexico, saying that it is not the government’s fault that the border between the two countries is weak.

“The government of Mexico is terrific. I don’t blame them for what’s happened,” Trump said. “It’s not going to happen anymore.”

“Mexico will pay for the wall, but it’ll be reimbursed,” he added.

Confirmation hearings, Trump speaks and vote-a-rama: analysis and updates

Wednesday is a particularly busy day in Washington with three Senate confirmation hearings for President-elect Trump’s appointees, a long-awaited Trump news conference and a Senate “vote-a-rama” on a budget resolution that could be the first step in repealing the Affordable Care Act.

Follow along here as Washington Post reporters add insight to Wednesday’s most important moments.