Despite growing speculation that the future of the much-ballyhooed proposed border wall is in doubt, President Donald Trump recently took the opportunity to assure those voters responsible for putting him in the Oval Office - many of whom were energized to support him precisely on the promise of such a wall being built – that the project is still very much a “go.”
Some began doing double-takes when reports surfaced in the last several days that Trump was amenable to the idea of eliminating funding for the wall from the FY2017 budget.
However, speaking to reporters Tuesday from the White House, he was sharply dismissive of any notions that the border wall project was now at risk, according to Fox News.
“I don’t know what people are talking. I watch these shows, and the pundits in the morning. They don’t know what they’re talking about. The wall gets built, 100 percent,” said the president.
“We’re already preparing,” Trump went on to say. “We’re doing plans, we’re doing specifications, we’re doing a lot of work on the wall, and the wall is going to get built.”
That said, Trump did not overtly commit that wall funding was going to be a part of this year’s budget. Additionally, press secretary Sean Spicer seemed to be purposely vague in his response when asked if there was any willingness on the part of the president to accept a delay in the funding of the project.
“No one said ‘delayed,’” responded Spicer.
By Robert G. Yetman, Jr. Editor At Large