"FACT: Prior to President Trump taking office, we have never built wall that high", the statement says.
U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday that Mexico was paying for a border wall through trade as he focuses on getting the U.S. Congress to fund the project. Chuck Schumer, then-Sen. Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, all speaking in support of border security.
The president, however, did not mention the subject during a telephone conversation with his Mexican counterpart, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, on Thursday.
"In respectful and friendly terms, we spoke about the migration issue and the possibility of implementing a joint program of development and job creation in Central America and our country", Lopez Obrador wrote in his Twitter account.
Trump's highly questionable assertion, in a morning tweet, comes as he is lobbying Congress for $5 billion to help fund construction of the wall and threatening a partial government shutdown if he does not get his way.
Pelosi and Schumer instead urged Trump to take a deal that would provide $1.3 billion for border fencing by extending levels of funding.
Earlier this week, the president met with House Speaker-designate Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer to discuss government funding and the president's request for a significant increase in border security funding. "So I will take the mantle. And I will have Mexico pay for that wall". "I need you to give me great understanding and wisdom, Lord, '" Pelosi added, NBC News said.
The bottom line, the release concluded, is that "when we have installed wall in Yuma Sector, we have seen border apprehensions decrease by 90 percent".
Funding for the Department of Homeland Security and several other federal agencies expires on December 21. Lopez Obrador, who took office December 1, has said he hopes to make migration a choice, not a necessity, for poor people of the region.
But Trump has still not responded to the two options the Democratic leaders provided him for keeping all agencies of the government open beyond December 21.