Donald Trump is returning to the issue that helped propel him to the top of the Republican race for the presidential nomination, telling The Late Showhost Stephen Colbert on Tuesday that he would build a “great and beautiful wall” along the Mexican border.

“We are going to build a wall. You’re going to pay for the wall,” the brash billionaire said he would tell the Mexican government. “The wall itself, we own.”

Trump, who has been riding high in the polls since he entered the topsy-turvy chase for the GOP presidential nomination. He spent the summer hurling invectives at his rivals and offering a string of insensitive assessments of Americans. He also had ugly words for immigrants in the country illegally, and vowed to erect a thousand-mile wall to block new immigrants coming across the U.S.-Mexican border. Voters, in turn, rewarded him with increasingly strong support.

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