Congress shutdown recedes after Trump softens wall demand


On Tuesday, the president sounded defiant on wall funding, accusing the media of misconstruing his position after he told a group of conservative journalists Monday night that he would be open to revisit wall funding in September in the next fiscal year.

A month ago, the Trump administration asked Congress to add $33 billion in new defense and border spending to the spending bill, including $1.4 billion to start building the southern border wall.

Considering that this would fall on the 100th day of Trump's presidency, it is likely that he would not want this particular milestone to coincide with such a disastrous event.

Top Senate Democrat Chuck Schumer said Republican negotiators were following the lead of Mr Trump, who signalled on Monday evening that he would not insist on one billion dollar-worth (£800 million) of wall funding now as an addition to the one trillion dollar-plus (£800 billion) spending bill. "Now the bipartisan and bicameral negotiators can continue working on the outstanding issues", he said. Roy Blunt, R-Missouri, and member of leadership.

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"I was just with him a little while ago, and he said we definitely, desperately need the wall". But in 2013, conservative Republicans forced a 17-day shutdown in a failed attempt to repeal former President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act, popularly known as Obamacare.

Trump had told supporters Mexico would pay for the wall, but with Mexico refusing to foot the bill he now wants Congress to make a down payment. Democrats may also feel emboldened to fight against funding for the wall in the future too.

White House spokesman Sean Spicer told reporters Trump's two priorities in the budget talks are increasing spending on defense as well as border security in order to thwart illegal immigration.He said the administration is "very confident" a deal will be reached without a government shutdown. "It will get built and help stop drugs, human trafficking etc.", Trump tweeted Tuesday morning.

On Capitol Hill, meanwhile, lawmakers took Trump's apparent shift as a given and are moving forward in their discussions across the aisle with the assumption that the funding bill will contain appropriations for broader border security-including surveillance technology and personnel-as opposed to a physical barrier.

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However, Republicans also insisted on increases in border security and defense spending, including money to fix existing fencing and new surveillance technology to patrol the almost 2,000-mile border. They showed no sign of softening their opposition on Monday and sought to place responsibility for any shutdown squarely on Trump and congressional Republicans.

The border wall was one of the core campaign promises that Trump ran on, but the reality of the budget process is making it a hard one to keep. They don't know what they're talking about.

He said he hoped that would be enough to keep the government running, but had yet to hear back from Congressional Democrats.

Trump reiterates commitment to build Mexican border wall
Roy Blunt of Missouri told reporters as he left a Republican leadership meeting, "I'm optimistic". Trump has said Mexico will repay the United States for the wall if Congress funds it first.