Donald Trump said Wednesday that he wants to create 10 million new homes, a more than 100 percent increase over the current 5 million homes, and said he would be ready to make any additional funding available.
In an interview with Fox News’ “America’s Newsroom,” Trump said that the U.S. needs to create “more housing” and build more housing to replace the existing housing stock.
Trump said he’d be willing to make more money than his current plan to make a budget surplus in 2022, but added that he’d need to make “a deal with Congress” on how to do it.
“I’d like to see a deal where I can make a deal, where I get a deal for 10 million homes,” Trump told Fox News.
He also said that he would consider moving forward with building a wall on the border with Mexico to stop illegal immigration.
While there is little consensus among economists on how many new housing units should be built, some economists think the number could be up to 50 percent of current U.A.E. housing stock, according to the Brookings Institution.
The Hill’s Peter Baker contributed to this report.