Inauguration 2017 TRAIL GUIDE
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This is our look at President-elect Donald Trump's transition and the outgoing Obama administration:

Immigration Transition

Trump says the U.S. will initially pay to construct a border wall because 'I don't want to wait'

 (Evan Vucci / Associated Press)
(Evan Vucci / Associated Press)

President-elect Donald Trump insisted Wednesday that Mexico would still pay for a newly constructed border wall — but not right away.

Trump told reporters that in order to expedite the construction of the wall, one of his signature campaign promises, the U.S. would initially pay for it.

In the meantime, he said, he would negotiate with Mexican officials over how "in some form," the country will reimburse the U.S., either through a tax or some sort of payment, neither of which he detailed. Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto has repeatedly vowed that his country will not pay for a wall.

"I want to get the wall started. I don't want to wait a year and a half," Trump said.

Vice President-elect Mike Pence was leading an interagency effort to plan for the wall's construction.

Trump said his dealings with Mexico have been "terrific," even as he said they had taken advantage of the U.S.

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