Multiple indications Monday night suggest that President Donald Trump is taking congressional border wall funding off the table in order to avoid the possibility of a government shutdown.
Funding the wall’s construction is an unpopular proposal among Congressional Republicans, and Democrats have promised to block the appropriations bill altogether if the wall is included. Various sources now say that Trump would be willing to suspend his push for the border wall and accept border security funding as a temporary measure.
“It’s good for the country that President Trump is taking the wall off the table in these negotiations,” said Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer. “Now the bipartisan and bicameral negotiators can continue working on the outstanding issues.”
Reports suggest Trump might wait for Congress to come up with a budget blueprint for the fiscal year that will take border wall funding into account. This comes even as Trump continues to insist that Mexico will, inevitably, cover the cost of the wall’s construction.
The issue of funding the wall appears to be part of the growing wedge between Trump and Steve Bannon. The White House chief strategist reportedly tried to push Trump into a standoff with Congress over the issue.
UPDATE – 10:10 a.m. EST: Trump had this to say on Twitter today:
Don't let the fake media tell you that I have changed my position on the WALL. It will get built and help stop drugs, human trafficking etc.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 25, 2017
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