Trump says Mexico 'eventually' will pay for border wall

A partisan clash over President Donald Trump's border wall is heightening chances of a government shutdown next weekend as members of the Trump administration and congressional Democrats drew sharp lines in the sand on Sunday.

His administration will mark 100 days in office on April 29 - the same day government could shut down without a budget deal.

Feeling pressure to deliver results, Trump wants to revive a troubled health care measure from House Republicans to repeal and replace President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act.

White House chief of staff Reince Priebus said on NBC's "Meet the Press" that he believes the spending bill will include "something satisfactory" to reflect Trump's desire to build a wall.

Mulvaney explained that they expected the Democrats to come back with a counter-offer, but if they don't, that it would be a bad sign for what they can expect in bipartisanship going forward.

"There is no way in hell I support the request for $1.4 billion in border wall spending".

Kelly said he thought Trump "will be insistent on the funding" for the wall, a lingering question ahead of the spending battle lawmakers face as they work this week to avoid the shutdown on April 28.

"To think that he would consider shutting down the government of the United States of America over this outlandish proposal of a border wall, which we can't even pay for at this point, and is opposed by Democrats and Republicans all along the border, that would be the height of irresponsibility", he said. His border wall has not only failed to go up against "the rapists and criminals", the Mexican President has also made it clear that his country won't be contributing to erecting any such wall. Senate Republicans must get 60 votes to pass legislation, meaning it is impossible to do so without some Democratic support.

But Democratic leaders say they are not open to that.

"We have our list of priorities", Mulvaney said Thursday at an event hosted by the Institute of International Finance, according to The Washington Post. That promise, one of many in his "Contract with the American Voter", said Mexico would reimburse the USA for the cost of the wall.

Sessions said Trump would decide whether the wall money was worth risking a government shutdown for. In this instance, Congress has been passing short-term spending bills for the last few months, because the debates on appropriations are so fundamental to each party's central tenets that there hasn't been enough movement on either side to find a long-term solution.

Trump returned to his Mexico demand on a morning in which he simultaneously tried to pressure congressional Democrats to include funding for the border wall in must-pass spending legislation needed to keep the USA government open beyond Friday. He added: "I don't think anybody expects us to roll out bill language on Wednesday".

Mulvaney said the reform plan would include governing principles and guidance on tax rates rather than policy details that could be crafted into legislation.

  • Carolyn Briggs