Top presidential counselor Kellyanne Conway on Thursday defended Donald Trump's executive orders on a border wall with Mexico and said his daughter Tiffany Trump was not registered to vote in two states — despite state records showing that she is.
Conway said on the TODAY Show that Trump has been "very clear and consistent on this point that he's going to build the wall and Mexico will pay for it, whether they pay for it straight out or it's reimbursed later on after a congressional funding."
"The U.S. spends billions of dollars protecting other countries' borders," she said. "It's high time we spend money protecting our own."
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Trump signed two executive orders aimed at curbing illegal immigration on Wednesday, including one that would redirect existing Homeland Security money to build what the administration described as a "very large" wall on the U.S. border with Mexico.
But hours after Trump signed the orders, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto again stressed his country would not be paying for the wall.
Peña Nieto said in a brief address to Mexico that he "regrets and rejects" Trump's orders because "Mexico does not believe in walls."
"I have said it over and over again: Mexico will not pay for any wall," he stressed.
The Mexican leader was scheduled to meet with Trump next Tuesday to discuss immigration and trade, but both he and Trump have suggested they may cancel the meeting because of their disagreement on the wall.