WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump is insisting his promised wall along the Southern border will be built by the end of his first term in office.
But Trump is refusing to say whether he's willing to force a government shutdown at the end of the week by insisting money for his wall be included in a must-pass spending bill.
The president tells reporters, "The wall's gonna get built." He says, "It's going to have a huge impact on human trafficking."
He says he expects construction to start "soon."
Trump told a gathering of conservative media reporters Monday evening that he might be willing to wait until September for the funding.
Trump's chief spokesman says the wall remains a top priority for the president.