Trump to insist on border wall funds as budget deadline looms

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Donald Trump pressed for the funding of a Mexico border wall Sunday as a looming spending showdown in Congress threatens to shut down the US government on the president’s 100th day in office.
Trump weighed in on Twitter, insisting Mexico will pay for the wall “but at a later date so we can get started early.”
“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,” he wrote.
White House budget chief Mick Mulvaney said the administration is prepared to make concessions to Democrats on health care reform in order to get the wall money.
But if the wall isn’t funded, will the president veto the larger spending bill, risking a government shutdown on Saturday — coincidentally Trump’s 100th day in office?
“Don’t know yet,” Mulvaney said on Fox News Sunday. “We are asking for our priorities and importantly we are offering to give Democrats some of their priorities as well.”
The specter of a government shutdown has often loomed over US budget negotiations. The threat has most often been averted — but has come to pass several times, most recently for 16 days in 2013 amid a dispute over funding for Barack Obama’s signature health care reforms.

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