“Fox & Friends” host Brian Kilmeade spoke with Republican strategist Noelle Nikpour, who suggested private funding for the wall.
In a video clip Media Matters posted online, Nikpour said:
“Donald Trump is a negotiator, he’s a deal maker. And everybody knows this. And here’s something that’s kind of interesting: If I were advising Donald Trump, I’m a national fundraiser, I would say, ‘You know what, here’s an idea, why don’t you see if you can’t get it privately funded?’
Privately funded, meaning, if you donate a certain amount ― let’s just say that the number is $12 billion to get this wall implemented, all right? So you had the $12 billion dollar figurehead, and you go to donors, you go to different people and you say, ‘Look, if you will contribute towards this privately, look what your money’s going to. I mean, what a better deal that you’re a part of this.’”
Kilmeade suggested that those who pay could get a tax break, and the wall could have corporate sponsors.
“This wall brought to you by Modell’s. Or Aetna,” he suggested. “Why not do it?”
“Yeah yeah yeah, and look at you know what Ted Turner I think gave a billion dollars to the U.N. Foundation,” Nikpour said. “And look at this, I don’t think he paid federal taxes for a lifetime.”
Turner donated $1 billion to the United Nations in 1997, paid out over a period of nearly two decades.
It’s not clear if he has been able to avoid federal taxes “for a lifetime” because of it.