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Trump sets stage for showdown over border wall funding

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Trump sets stage for showdown over border wall funding

Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer said on Sunday he believes lawmakers could reach a short-term US budget deal by Friday if President Donald Trump did not meddle in their talks with "poison pill" demands like funding for a border wall.

Members of Congress on Sunday agreed: It would be irresponsible of President Donald Trump and Republicans to precipitate a government shutdown by refusing to back down on demands for funding for Trump's proposed border wall.

"I think it goes without saying that the President has been pretty straightforward about his desire and the need for a border wall", he told Bash.

"The Democrats don't want money from budget going to border wall despite the fact that it will stop drugs and very bad MS 13 gang members", Trump wrote on Twitter.

During a tour of the border last week, Kelly and Attorney General Jeff Sessions met Thursday with law enforcement personnel from several federal agencies at a federal building in El Paso, Texas, which includes immigration courts and is blocks away from a detention facility. Republicans on the border states do not support the wall. And he reiterated his promise that Mexico will, eventually and somehow, repay the United States for the project - something Mexico has flatly refused to do.

Mulvaney responded, "Actually, what I would say is that they're holding hostage national security".

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Mulvaney told reporters Friday, "I do not think the government is going to shut down". Don't you remember he said the Mexicans were going to pay for it?

Priebus said the administration expects "the priorities of the president to be reflected" in a budget.

"The Republicans have the votes in the House and the Senate and the White House to keep government open", Pelosi said. He added that "it'll be enough in the negotiation to move forward either with construction or the planning ... to get going on the border wall and border security".

Mulvaney previously said the administration would consider negotiating with Congressional Democrats by agreeing to fund subsidies under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in return for Democratic support for wall funding, but Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer dismissed that idea out of hand, The Washington Post reported. Pena Nieto on January 26 scrapped a planned trip to meet with Trump and the White House floated the idea of a 20 percent tax on goods from Mexico to pay for the wall. Mulvaney said talks between Republicans and Democrats could produce an agreement as early as Sunday.

Trump wants the money included in spending legislation that Congress must pass by Friday to keep the federal government operating through September 30, when the 2017 fiscal year expires. Sessions also said that he didn't think Democrats would shut down the government over the wall.

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