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CNN’s Jim Acosta really just asked Spicer if the wall is even necessary anymore since border crossings are down

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With the White House trying to avoid a government shutdown over core issues like funding the border wall with Mexico, CNN’s Jim Acosta brilliantly wondered why the wall was even needed.

During Monday’s White House press briefing, Acosta posed the short-sighted question to Sean Spicer, asking about the necessity of the President’s promised border wall in light of a decline in border crossings since he took office.

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“If border crossings are down, and that’s a talking point the White House uses, is the wall even necessary?” Acosta asked the press secretary.

“Absolutely,” Spicer responded.

“Just because you have a couple good months in a year, I think you want to make sure that you take prudent, long-term steps. So the President is going to fulfill — and frankly, it’s a promise he made to the American people,” he added.

“I think, if you’re coming in from our southern border, he has taken a lot of steps so far that has deterred border crossings,” Spicer said. “But this is a permanent step that will extend beyond his presidency. Eight years from now the next president will have that wall in place to make sure that it doesn’t continue.”

The White House has been striving to avoid a government shutdown over key issues like whether Congress will give in to President Trump’s funding request for the wall on the southern border between the U.S. and Mexico.

“Why is there even discussion about shutting down the government over paying for the wall? Isn’t Mexico supposed to pay for the wall?” Acosta asked.

Trump has been clear we “need to get the funding going” first, Spicer responded.

“We feel very confident that the government is not going to shut down,” he said. “The president has been very clear in the past about the fact – in order to get the ball rolling on border security and the wall he was going to have to use the current appropriations process but that promise would be kept as far as the payment of it.”

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The president took to Twitter Sunday to say that Mexico would “eventually” be paying for the wall.

Democrats in Congress have repeatedly said they will refuse to fund the border wall.

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