BREAKING NEWS— Scott McGrew (@ScottMcGrew) January 10, 2019
Trump: During the campaign, I would say Mexico would pay for it, I NEVER SAID THIS and never meant they would write out a check. pic.twitter.com/wYCUhAzshp
He certainly did say Mexico would pay for the wall. He loved that line because it would always draw cheers and cheering is Trump's heroin.
And from Politico:
Trump’s new insistence that he never envisioned Mexico writing a check to pay for the wall is contradicted by a since-archived memo posted on his campaign website in 2016. The memo, titled “Compelling Mexico to Pay for the Wall,” outlines a plan to pressure Mexico to put up funds ($5-10 billion) for a border wall within three days of Trump taking office.
I checked the internet archive (April 6, 2016, a date selected randomly) and, sure enough, the Trump campaign site shows his plan to extract through threats a direct payment from Mexico within his first week in office.
Image below the fold.
As Trump's own lawyers from the past have stated, they always met with him in pairs because he was such a prodigious liar and would deny things he'd agreed to in previous meetings.
Also see sliding of meanings.