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President Trump said Mexico will pay for the border wall 'eventually'

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UPDATE 2:48 p.m. EST: 

Two of Trump's aides spoke on Sunday about the border wall, giving slightly different interpretations of how important it was to the fate of any budget bill.

White House budget director Mick Mulvaney said on "Fox News Sunday" "we don't know yet" if Trump will sign a budget without wall funding. But White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus said on NBC's "Meet the Press" Trump would sign off "as long as the president's priorities are adequately reflected," including border security.

ORIGINAL STORY: For months during and after the campaign, President Trump insisted that Mexico would pay for his proposed border wall, even after Mexican leaders insisted they would not.

Trump tweeted Sunday that the payment may come "eventually," instead of upfront. 

Contractors already submitted their design bids for the wall, which is also already facing a lawsuit over environmental concerns.

Here's Trump's tweet on the payment plan.

Before that, he touted the wall's importance in stopping crime.

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WATCH | Trump wants Congress to pass a budget that includes funding for the border wall. But Democrats have threatened to oppose any bill that includes money for a wall or deportation force, and may trigger a government shutdown.

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