Trump in­sists Mex­ico will pay for wall

The Washington Times Daily - - POLITICS - — Tom How­ell Jr.

Pres­i­dent Trump in­sisted Sun­day he will keep his cam­paign vow to build a south­ern bor­der wall and force Mex­ico to pay for it, even though he needs U.S. taxpayers to front the money.

Mr. Trump is seek­ing a down pay­ment on his sig­na­ture bar­rier in a stop­gap spend­ing bill that must pass this week to keep gov­ern­ment agen­cies funded be­yond Fri­day.

Democrats say they will re­ject any bill that in­cludes fund­ing for a wall or other “poi­son pills,” rais­ing the threat of a gov­ern­ment shut­down.

“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. The Democrats don’t want money from bud­get go­ing to bor­der wall de­spite the fact that it will stop drugs and very bad MS 13 gang mem­bers,” Mr. Trump said in a se­ries of Twit­ter mes­sages on Sun­day, re­fer­ring to a no­to­ri­ously vi­o­lent gang with roots in Cen­tral Amer­ica.

Demo­cratic lead­ers say Mr. Trump promised vot­ers that Mex­ico would pay for the wall, pe­riod.

“I don’t think he said, ‘I would pass bil­lions of dol­lars of costs of the wall onto the tax­payer,’” House Mi­nor­ity Leader Nancy Pelosi told NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sun­day.

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