Trump Backs Away From Demand for Border Wall Money

"I think you're going to get a down payment on border security generally", he said. Trump did not discuss options but Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan said the president indicated "all possible options are on the table" during a telephone call.

GOP leaders warn, however, that it would be exceedingly hard for Republicans controlling Congress to give in to Democratic demands to include the cost-sharing payments - they help low-income people with copayments and other out-of-pocket "Obamacare" costs - at the same time Republicans are trying to repeal major pieces of "Obamacare".

"When you look at the 1,954-miles border that we have with Mexico, 67 percent of that property is privately owned", Rep. Cuellar says. And, as budget talks intensify, Trump also is pushing House Republicans to restart work on an Obamacare repeal-and-replace bill after the last one collapsed in March when conservatives walked away.

In a tweet Monday, Trump said his proposed border wall would be "a very important tool in stopping drugs from pouring into our country and poisoning our youth (and many others)!"

This contradicts Trump's recent tweet about the wall in which he said only Democrats were opposed to the funding. Trump wrote Monday on Twitter.

Prior to the White House demand late last week for border wall money, it had largely been assumed on Capitol Hill that the measure would include funding for additional security steps along the border, but that there wouldn't be any money explicitly dedicated for new wall construction. Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C. and head of the conservative Freedom Caucus and Rep. Tom MacArthur, R-N.J. and co-chair of the centrist Tuesday Group, are working to bridge the gap between the conservative and moderate Republicans to help amass 216 Republican House votes in support of a compromise.

Even if Congress doesn't include money for the wall in this week's measure, the administration appears to be looking for other ways to pay for the project.

"And if our president tells us it's creating impediments to our border, we should do it". Now, Democrats "have a lot of leverage" because Republicans don't want a shutdown when they control both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue.

But the Mexican government is adamant it will not finance a wall and Trump has not laid out a plan to compel Mexico to pay. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., who said there are just a handful of unresolved issues on the core package of spending bills.

Trump has asked Congress for $1.5 billion this fiscal year so he can start construction of the wall, a central promise of his campaign.

The Takeaway's Washington correspondent, Todd Zwillich, says President Donald Trump is trying to make a last-minute maneuver to secure a legislative victory before his first 100 days in office come to a close on Saturday.

Should Trump push for money for the wall to be included in the next round of funding, the bill is likely to get blocked by Democrats, according to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.

Trump said, "People put blindfolds on for decades and now it's time to solve the problem".

"In my view if the President stepped out of it, we could get a budget done Friday", Schumer said.

Even some anti-immigration hard-liners in the House are careful not to tie Trump's hands and demand the omnibus include wall funding.

"We believe the Republican leaders should tell Donald Trump we can do this at a later time".

I don't think it will pass", Schumer said "So instead of risking shutdown by shoving this wall down Congress's and the American people's throats, the President ought to let us come to an agreement and we're happy to debate this wall in regular order down the road once he has a plan.

"We could win the debate on the border wall if we're only arguing about the border wall, but the problem with a big bill like this is you're nearly never arguing about one subject", the lawmaker said.

Despite a Republican majority in both houses, Trump needs 60 votes in the Senate to pass a spending bill, meaning he would need some Democrat support. "I think that's something that they're really going to insist on". "Now the bipartisan and bicameral negotiators can continue working on the outstanding issues".

Failure to approve a government funding bill could throw new doubts over Republicans' ability to fashion a budget blueprint for the fiscal year that starts on October 1 or to succeed in a major effort to cut corporate and individual taxes that Trump has touted.

The White House has threatened to cut subsidy funding for about 6 million Obamacare recipients but has offered to fund the program if Democrats yield on this partial funding proposal for the border wall.

"There hasn't been a single funding bill to pass Congress in the past seven years with Democratic votes", the aide said.

Despite Trump's dismissal that the 100-day marker is "artificial", the White House has packed his schedule.

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