1/11/2019 – Politico
President Donald Trump said Thursday that he never promised Mexico would literally write a check to pay for a border wall — even though his 2016 presidential campaign said it had a plan to make Mexico fork over the cash.
The president has insisted Congress give him funds to build the wall as part of legislation to reopen the federal government, which is weeks into a partial shutdown. Democrats have refused to hand over the money. Trump has said even though taxpayers would fund the wall on the front end, a revamped trade deal with Mexico and Canada would indirectly pay for it later.
“When, during the campaign, I would say Mexico is going to pay for it, obviously I never said this and I never meant they are going to write out a check,” Trump told reporters Thursday.