One of Donald Trump’s key campaign promises was to deliver a wall on America’s border with Mexico. This promise was typically followed up with the tagline “And Mexico will pay for it.”
However, accomplishing such a feat has proven difficult for the Trump administration.
Trump has asked for $18 billion from Congress to build the wall and the administration has floated a number of different domestic offsets to pay for it.
When asked about the comments Tuesday at the White House press briefing, Sarah Sanders gave a very simple answer. A reporter asked if, due to the high price, Trump has “abandoned the idea of Mexico paying for the wall?”
Sanders said bluntly: “No, he hasn’t.”
Trump himself is not backing away from his promise that Mexico will pay for the wall. Just this weekend, the president said, “Yeah, I believe Mexico will pay for the wall. I have a very good relationship with Mexico… Mexico will pay, in some form, Mexico will pay for the wall.”
According to previous Daily Caller reporting, Trump’s proposed wall will install fencing on 316 miles of the U.S.-Mexico border and bolster security along the other 407 miles. The $18 billion appropriation will also go towards hiring more border security agents.