White House says Trump shutdown threat if wall isn't funded is serious

White House says Trump shutdown threat if wall isn't funded is serious

Kerry Wise
August 25, 2017

"He'll continue to fight for that funding and ensure that it takes place", she said.

Questions arose regarding how President Trump planned on funding the wall, to which the response was that the President has never said that Mexico "won't" be paying for the wall. Bob Corker, R-Tennessee, who last week said Trump hasn't demonstrated the "stability" or "competence" he needs to display as president.

"I think the relationships are fine", White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said during a White House briefing.

When ABC News' Jonathan Karl pressed Sanders on this issue, the press secretary sidestepped the fact that Trump clearly abandoned the campaign promise that Mexico was going to fund the wall in favor of passing the bill along to the taxpayer.

"If we have to close down our government, we're building that wall", Trump told a rally in Phoenix on Tuesday.

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"He won on talking about building a wall - and he's going to make sure that gets done".

When asked a second time, she said that the White House wants to "push forward" with the wall.

At several points when asked specific questions, ranging from Russian Federation, the wall, to the Afghanistan strategy, Sanders simply brushed off the questions, saying "I'll get back to you, I'm not getting into the weeds of it", or would refer the inquirer to pose their question to someone else.

"Let's not forget that there were a lot of Democrat senators that also voted for border security and a border fence, and hopefully some of those same individuals will talk to members in their current party and maybe we can get a bipartisan group to support that and make sure it happens, because this president is going to see it through", she said.

The long awaited White House press briefing did little to silence the concerns and questions swarming around the President's recent claims around the Mexican wall.

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