The media was quick to report Thursday night on rumors that President Trump was backing off of his monetary demands for a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. With a government shutdown looming on April 28 and Democrats refusing to allow tax dollars to go toward construction of the wall, Trump is starting to compromise, multiple outlets said.
It's not true, President Trump tweeted Tuesday.
Don't let the fake media tell you that I have changed my position on the WALL. It will get built and help stop drugs, human trafficking etc.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 25, 2017
On the campaign trail, Trump told supporters unequivocally that Mexico would be paying for the wall. More recently he's asked for $1.5 billion in taxpayer funding, with Mexico chipping in "eventually."
While Trump may not get the $1.5 billion he wants for the wall, Fox News's John Roberts said Tuesday the White House has said that the president is "confident" he'll get at least some money for it.