After promising Americans on the campaign trail that Mexico would pay for a multi-billion dollar border wall, then subsequently telling the president of Mexico that he understood Mexico wouldn’t really pay for it, President Donald Trump is back to claiming that Mexico will pay for it. Trump returned to the issue on his own at a campaign rally last week, when he promised that he would refuse to approve a new spending bill that does not contain money to start building his border wall. “If we have to shut down that government, we’re building that wall,” he told supporters in Phoenix, Arizona, last week. That, of course, raised the question: If Mexico was supposed to pay for the wall, why did the U.S. have to face a potential government shutdown over construction money for it?
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Sheila Samples is an Oklahoma writer and a former civilian US Army Public Information Officer. She is a Managing Editor for OpEd News, and a regular contributor for a variety of Internet sites.