The White House Ducked Questions On Who Will Pay For The Border 'Wall'

Reporters asked about President Trump's threat of a government shutdown and whether that means Mexico won't be paying for the border project.
Posted at 11:59 AM, Aug 25, 2017

The White House ducked questions Thursday on who will be paying for the Trump administration's so-called border wall.

"The president's committed to making sure this gets done," press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said. "We're committed to making sure the American people are protected, and we're going to continue to push forward and make sure that the wall gets built."

President Donald Trump ran his campaign on the promise that Mexico would pay for the barrier.

Then the commander in chief said the U.S. would fund it but that Mexico would pay it back later.

Most recently, Trump threatened a government shutdown if U.S. lawmakers don't make room for the project in the federal budget.

"The obstructionist Democrats would like us not to do it, but believe me, if we have to close down our government, we're building that wall," Trump said.

One reporter asked if Trump's threat of a shutdown signals concession that U.S. taxpayers will fund the border barrier instead of Mexico. Huckabee Sanders just reiterated Trump's commitment to getting the job done.

"Again, this is something the president is committed to ... it's a priority, and we're moving forward on that," Huckabee Sanders said.