With a potential government shutdown looming, President Donald Trump tweeted early on Thursday that nothing is changing in regard to building the border wall that he promised while campaigning for president.
The challenge of avoiding a government shutdown centers around a budget fight that is hung up over immigration issues. "Underlying the budget battle is the national defense strategy laid out by President Donald Trump last month, which included not only an expansion of the military, but also economic strength and trade policy reforms," Fox Business reported.
In the face of this battle, Trump reassured those who voted for him that his promise to build a wall along the southern border is not changing and insisted that Mexico will pay for the wall either "directly or indirectly, or through longer-term reimbursement, by Mexico, which has a ridiculous $71 billion dollar trade surplus with the U.S."
Trump tweeted: "The Wall is the Wall, it has never changed or evolved from the first day I conceived of it. Parts will be, of necessity, see through and it was never intended to be built in areas where there is natural protection such as mountains, wastelands or tough rivers or water. ... The Wall will be paid for, directly or indirectly, or through longer-term reimbursement, by Mexico, which has a ridiculous $71 billion dollar trade surplus with the U.S. The $20 billion dollar Wall is 'peanuts' compared to what Mexico makes from the U.S. NAFTA is a bad joke!"