The White House finally admits they can’t get Mexico to pay for it. And by “admitting,” I mean avoiding the question when reporters ask about it, kind of like my six-year-old when I ask him if he’s picked up his toys.
REPORTER AT TODAY’S PRESS BRIEFING: Sarah, the president promised over and over again during the campaign that Mexico would pay for the wall. So why is he now threatening a government shutdown if Congress won’t pay for it?
SARAH HUCKABEE SANDERS: The president’s committed to making sure this gets done. We know that the wall and other security measures at the border work. We’ve seen that take place over the last decade, and we’re committed to making sure the American people are protected. And we’re going to continue to push forward and make sure that the wall gets built.
ME: Son, you’ve promised over and over again that you’d pick up your Legos. So why are you up here watching TV?
SON: I’m committed to making sure they get picked up, Mom. We know the Legos will be put away after I pick them up. We’ve seen that happen over the past four years of my life, and I’m committed to making sure your feet are protected from the pain Legos on the floor can inflict. And I’m going to continue to push forward and make sure those Legos get picked up somehow. Even if it means waiting until you’re so frustrated that you do it yourself.
With Trump now threatening to shut down the government over Congress funding the border wall, reporters were all over Sarah like white on rice — and her (non-)responses were very telling. Asked four times, she totally declined to reiterate that Mexico would pay for the wall. Each time, she deflected.
If you’ll remember, Trump had promised:
“I would build a great wall, and nobody builds walls better than me, believe me, and I’ll build them very inexpensively. I will build a great, great wall on our southern border and I’ll have Mexico pay for that wall.”
And now he wants us to pay for it?
I’ve got a better idea: How bout we don’t build a wall, invest the money in modern schools, worker re-training, and new roads and transit, and get the government to shut down the guy who wanted to build the wall instead?