Q: Sarah, the president promised over and over again during the campaign that Mexico would pay for the wall. So why is he now threatening a government shutdown if Congress won't pay for it?SANDERS: The president's committed to making sure this gets done. We know that the wall and other security measures at the border work. We've seen that take place over the last decade, and 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.
Q: Why is he threatening a shutdown over — over paying for it? … He asked people — his crowds chanted back at him, 'Mexico's going to pay for it,' and now he's pushing — threatening a shutdown of the — of the government.SANDERS: No. Once again, the President's committed to making sure this happens, and we're going to push forward.
Q: Since the president is going full-court press threatening a shut down over funding of the wall, does that mean he is abandoning any efforts to negotiate with Mexico any payment for construction?SANDERS: Certainly, I don't think any efforts have been abandoned.
Q: How is that not a concession from this White House that Mexico isn't actually going to pay for this wall and American taxpayers will?SANDERS: Again, this is something the president is committed to. He's committed to protecting American lives and doing that for the border wall is something that's important. It's a priority and we're moving forward with it.QUESTION: But he's not saying that Mexico is going to pay for it.SANDERS: He hasn't said they're not, either.
Eventually, but at a later date so we can get started early, Mexico will be paying, in some form, for the badly needed border wall.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 23, 2017
Q: Isn't Mexico supposed to pay for the wall?SPICER: Well, I think, Jim, the president's made very clear that initially we needed to get the funding going, and there's to be several mechanisms to make sure that that happens. That funding piece will happen in due time.