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Jon Karl to Sanders: Why Is Trump Threatening Shutdown If Mexico’s Paying for the Wall?

As Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders fielded questions during today’s press briefing, ABC’s Jon Karl pressed her to explain why President Trump is threatening a government shutdown over his border wall.

During his rally this week in Arizona, Trump said he would allow the government to shut down if that’s what it took to secure funding for the wall’s construction. Karl repeatedly asked Sanders why Trump was doing this when the president told his supporters throughout the 2016 election Mexico will pay for the wall to be built.

Sanders declined to answer the question directly, saying:

“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.”

As the presser went on, Sanders faced more questions about whether Trump’s declaration meant he was conceding that American taxpayers will end up footing the bill for the wall.

Watch above, via CNN.

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