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Krauthammer Calls For Trump To 'Give In' On Border Wall

Krauthammer Calls For Trump To 'Give In' On Border Wall

Republicans in the House and Senate have reportedly offered to pass a funding bill that includes no money for President Trump's big attractive border wall, congressional aides told multiple outlets Tuesday.

A White House official said Trump told conservative journalists in a private meeting that he was open to delaying funding for the construction of a border wall until September, The Washington Post reported.

Since taking office, Trump has said that the USA would have to pay for some of the construction initially, but has remained adamant the country will be reimbursed.

Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, who spoke in the Senate before Schumer, said bipartisan talks were continuing on the spending bill.

This is a developing news story.

As the party in control of the government, he doesn't want Republicans to shoulder the blame for any shutdown. They showed no sign of softening their opposition on Monday and sought to place responsibility for any shutdown squarely on Trump and congressional Republicans. According to Reuters, an internal Department of Homeland Security report estimated that the wall would cost $21.6 billion, and take more than three years to construct.

The foreign minister said Mexico regarded remittances, which Trump had threatened to go after to pay for the wall, as non-negotiable, saying they could prove a "breaking point" issue in any dialogue that encompassed other matters.

The White House had offered to include $7 billion in Obamacare subsidies that allow low-income people to pay for healthcare insurance in exchange for Democratic backing of $1.5 billion in funding to begin construction of a barrier on the U.S. -Mexico border.

He accused the Democrats of being opposed to the wall, and ignoring the fact that it will stop drugs and "very bad MS 13 gang members".

But by last night Mr Trump appeared to have changed his tune with a senior aide telling United States media that the Commander-in-Chief was prepared to shelve his demands for cash for the wall to be included in this year's budget and would be prepared to put it off until next year. Even more than its literal (and popular) meaning, that promise served to set him apart from the other Republicans in the field, who discussed border security in less specific terms and wanted to work toward a comprehensive settlement of immigration policies. "If you make it about actually building a 2,200-mile wall, that's a bridge too far - but I'm mixing my metaphors".

Instead of demanding funding for an actual wall along the border, White House officials have floated the idea that Trump may accept some form of increased border security, such as more border agents or electronic monitoring.

Meanwhile, House lawmakers were returning to Washington Tuesday evening and faced a renewed push from the White House to revive their beleaguered health care bill in hopes of attracting enough votes to finally push it through the House. Echoing the views of House GOP leaders, Spicer said there would be a vote on health care legislation when House leaders count the 216 votes needed to pass it.

"I'm headed back to Capitol Hill".

The original GOP bill eliminated numerous mandates, offered skimpier subsidies for consumers to buy care and rolled back a Medicaid expansion. "ObamaCare is in a death spiral!" Lindsey Graham of SC told the Washington Post.


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