Trump Backpedals on the Mexican Border Wall

Schumer hopeful that Trump has caved on the wall

The agreement to continue the payments is the second apparent concession made by the White House, as Trump prepares to mark his 100th day in office on Saturday.

Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney said Tuesday that Trump would sign a spending bill to keep the government funded this week, even if it's lacking funds for a border wall.

The White House had confirmed that Trump said at a reception with conservative journalists on Monday that he might be willing to seek funding for his signature wall again in the spending debates at the end of the current fiscal year.

As the West Wing embarks on the final sprint to the 100-day marker of Trump's presidency, top aides were thrown into the familiar pattern of rushing to match action to the President's words while publicly avoiding words that could box in a President who prides himself on remaining "flexible". Meanwhile, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Republican from the coal mining state of Kentucky, threw his weight behind a plan Democrats were insisting on to make a healthcare programme for coal miners permanent.

The latest proposal doesn't include funding for construction of a U.S. -Mexico border wall, but would allocate money to other border security initiatives, such as surveillance technology.

"Sixty-one percent of registered voters say funding a wall along the nation's southern border is "not important enough to prompt a shutdown", the poll stated".

"If the negotiation on other themes - immigration, the border, trade - isn't satisfactory to Mexico's interests, we will have to review our existing cooperation", Videgaray said.

Democratic sources told Politico, however, that the White House had not committed to funding the CSR payments past next month, which may hang up the preliminary agreement between the White House and Democratic leaders.

"I think it helps us get to consensus", Ryan told reporters during a Wednesday press conference on Capitol Hill.

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Trump vowed to fight for the wall. On Tuesday, however, Trump tweeted that he has not changed his position on getting the wall built. "Yeah, it looks like it", said Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski, a Senate Appropriations Committee member, when asked by a reporter about the likelihood of a short-term extension. "And the issue of Puerto Rico, which is struggling", Schumer said.

Trump wanted $34 billion for the military, but talks now appear to be focusing on about half that amount, about $15 billion, sources said.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., approved of President Trump's apparent shift.

The standoff between Democrats and Republicans over the wall is more of a political fight than a policy fight.

One Democratic source told CNN that White House chief of staff Reince Priebus is making calls to some congressional Democrats to inform them that these payments will continue.

"They dropped this Obamacare bailout, these insurance company payments, about two weeks ago", Mulvaney said. Schumer, however, backpedaled on Tuesday and would no longer insist that the issue be addressed in the catchall bill and the White House sent conciliatory signals as well.

The conservative House Freedom Caucus has endorsed a revised version of the GOP health care bill, but Republican moderates are wary.

Their initial bill would repeal some coverage requirements under Obama's law, offer skimpier subsidies for consumers to buy care and roll back a Medicaid expansion.



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