President Donald Trump repeatedly promised to construct a southern border wall during his 2016 presidential campaign.
And, according to White House Director of Legislative Affairs Marc Short, the keystone promise is still being pursued by Trump.
Per Washington Examiner:
President Trump is not backing off his funding demand for a southern border wall, and doesn’t care how he gets the funding from Congress, according to his chief lobbyist.
Sweeping away suggestions the president has a legislative package in mind, and might even trade for the money with a watered-down alternative to the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival program he killed last week, Marc Short left no doubt that the wall is still on.
The director confirmed Trump’s commitment to building a southern border wall:
“I’m cautious,” Short said, of having the media “write that the president backs off border wall. That’s not the position that I am anywhere trying to convey. The president is committed to sticking by his commitment that a physical structure is what is needed to help protect the American people.”
Short, assistant to the president and director of the Office of Legislative Affairs, added, “Whether or not that is specifically part of a DACA package or in a different legislative package, I’m not going to prejudge here today. But he is committed to making sure that that wall is built.”
Short did not mention Trump’s intended plan for getting funds for the wall:
The administration’s flexibility on the issue echoes that of some GOP congressional leaders who don’t want the wall funding to be part of the DACA negotiations. The president has given Congress six months to come up with a DACA fix.