White House: Efforts to have Mexico pay for wall not 'abandoned'

Trump's demand to build border wall could upend sensitive negotiations on Capitol Hill

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders slammed Republican Sen.

The White House said Thursday that President Trump's relationship with with Republican leaders in Congress was "fin", despite the presents tweets criticizing Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Paul Ryan.

During the campaign, President Donald Trump promised over and over again that Mexico would pay for his proposed border wall. "And he'll continue to fight for that funding and ensure it takes place".

"He hasn't said they're not either", said Sanders.

During that January 27 conversation, Trump characterized the wall as "the least important thing that we are talking about, but politically this might be the most important [thing we] talk about".

"The president is committed to making this happen and we're going to push forward". "But believe me, if we have to close down our government, we're building that wall". Without hesitation, she said they weren't worth responding to.

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"He hasn't said that Mexico is going to pay for the wall", said ABC News correspondent Cecilia Vega.

Sanders also made a pitch to certain Democrats.

"There are a lot a shared goals".

The Republican-controlled Congress has yet to pass a spending resolution to keep the government fully operational past September 30.

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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